On the corner of 38th and Lamar in Austin, TX, there once was a little outdoor mall called Lamar Village. It was torn down this summer to make way for a new four-story, 163,000 square-foot mixed-use office redevelopment called Lamar Central. Judging from the pictures I have seen, it looks like any other building for that purpose – totally lacking any identity and uniqueness and in my opinion it is just one more step in the process of taking away from the soul of Austin.
Where is the imagination and the playfulness in the architecture these days? Does everything have to look the same? Really, does it? Austin could do so much better than to build these short term, profit driven, time pressed condos and office buildings that are popping up left and right, like weed after the rain…
“Another One Bites the Dust”
Color pencil on paper
14″ X 14″