In Austin, Texas, today, four teams made the final shortlist for the Waller Creek Competition, a bakeoff to find the best way to restore 1.5 miles of Waller Creek through downtown Austin. The competition, sponsored by the public-private Waller Creek Conservancy and led by Donald Stastny, covers 28 acres around the creek, or, the conservancy says, 11 percent of downtown. Thirty-one teams entered the first stage of the competition; that list was cut to nine teams earlier this year. The four finalists are: CMG and Public Architecture; Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with Thomas Phifer & Partners; Turenscape and Lake | Flato Architects; and Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, and Rogers Marvel Architects. An announcement of a winning team is expected October 16.
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