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SAN ANTONIO (November 9, 2020) – Today, the San Antonio chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA San Antonio) in partnership with the City of San Antonio and Centro San Antonio announced three winners of a statewide design competition to develop innovative solutions for shading in response to accommodate a need that supports a healthy and walkable environment in our downtown core.
From twelve compelling entries, the jury selected ‘Sombra De La Acacia’ submitted by Guy Hundere Artist + Sprinkle Co. (San Antonio, Texas) and ‘GROWING (SA)HADE’ by Cameron Campbell of Campbell Landscape Architecture (Austin, Texas) for first place. Third place honors were awarded to ‘Silhouetted Canvas’ by AJT – Alexander Griffin, Trang Tran and Joel D. Dueñas (Carrollton, TX).
“We are excited to explore ideas offered by Texas architects for shading solutions,” stated District 1 City Councilman Roberto C. Treviño. “The competition called for artistic and practical solutions to enhance the comfort and safety of pedestrians. Looking long-term, this is an important first step in transforming the streets of our city.”
This competition marks the fourth collaboration between AIA San Antonio and District 1 on a design competition. “Architects are adept at finding creative solutions. We’ve tackled how to re-skin an air traffic control tower in the world heritage viewshed, how to make the front door of San Antonio’s historic City Hall accessible to all and even a design for an all-electric fleet of River Barges,” remarked AIA San Antonio Chapter President Federico Cavazos. “Our success in delivering these solutions evidences the relevance of architects working in collaboration with city leaders to re-imagine community investment.”
A jury of five design professional and City leaders met via Zoom on Friday, October 30 to consider the twelve submissions for the Shade Equity Design Competition. Jurors included Gopinath Akallkotkar, AIA – City Architect, City of San Antonio; Siboney Díaz-Sánchez, AIA – 2019-2021 Rose Fellow; Lori Houston, Assistant City Manager – City of San Antonio; Juan Miró, FAIA – Miró Rivera Architects, Austin, TX; and Riley Robinson – Executive Director, Artpace.
The jury remarked that Guy Hundere and Sprinkle Co.’s ‘Sombra De La Aacia’ shade structure offered “a wealth of amenities in a very delicate structure that didn’t impose on the street.” Like the iconic acacia tree solution can ‘grow’ depending on the need for shade. Solar panels embedded in the tree’s foliage extend the benefit by providing lighting to enhance downtown safety at night. Beneath the leafy canopy, the trunk is also customizable for street banners, locks for bicycle storage and even parking meter integration.
Cameron Campbell’s ‘GROWING (SA)HADE’ offers a different perspective reminding us that there is no better way to shade San Antonio’s downtown streets than by using native and indigenous trees. Trees produce oxygen, help filter pollution, provide animal habitat, and enhance natural beauty. ‘GROWING (SA)HADE’ proposes durable, modular quatrefoil planters reminiscent of the City’s brand, adorned with hand-made glazed tiles. Jurors “appreciated the simplicity of this entry and the opportunity it offers to instantly re-create a street with trees by simply re-locating planters with the aid of a forklift.”
The third-place entry, ‘Silhouetted Canvas’ by AJT – Alexander Griffin, Trang Tran and Joel D. Dueñas, offers a spirited solution to shade and a place to play in public art. Vertical structures along the sidewalk support large circular ‘shadow canvas’ panels that encourage pedestrians to experience the spaces created by these suspended circles of shade.
“The winning entries from this Shade Equity Design Competition give us a wealth of resources for making the Center City cooler, both from the perspective of temperature and fun,” stated Matt Brown, CEO of Centro. “Just like Centro’s mission, the purpose of this competition is to ensure a more beautiful, playful, welcoming, and prosperous Downtown.”
To learn more about the Shade Equity Design Competition, visit https://aiasa.org/create/