UTSA's Antonio Petrov is leading a "think/do-tank" that is researching Alamo Heights urbanization and transforming the Broadway corridor.
University of Texas at San Antonio assistant professor of architecture Antonio Petrov, along with his students, will reveal a new urban scale installation called "The Third Condition" Wednesday and Thursday night.
The installation "explores architectural interventions that could serve to invigorate new life and inspire the growth of new public and consumer spaces in Alamo Heights."
"The Third Condition" is a proposed linear park that would run parallel to Broadway in an effort to balance "open and closed spaces, the natural and artificial, and the urban and non-urban. It includes a continuous public garden, walkways, plazas and a bike path connecting Basse Rd. to Hildebrand."
Night one will be held at the Alamo Heights Fire Station (6116 Broadway) Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Night two is at Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex (1414 S. Alamo St., Building 108) Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m.
The work comes in the wake of a 2009 City of Alamo Heights comprehensive plan, which lays out the city's hope of being more pedestrian and business friendly.
But this plan hasn’t been without controversy. Recent developments along the 2.5-mile stretch of Broadway in Alamo Heights and long overdue changes to building codes are generating much discussion about what becoming an “urban” city might actually mean. In addition, nearly fifty percent of Broadway’s urban landscape is flanked by parking space, while nearly all spaces along the corridor in Alamo Heights are tied to businesses, leaving almost no public space for people to gather as citizens and not consumers.
Petrov and co. will present "research-based strategies and individual architectural propositions — in the forms of scale models, designs and other materials — that they have worked on over the Fall 2015 semester to local citizens, scholars and officials."
Petrov's students were tasked with designing new "rooms in the city" that would act as "catalysts and active agents from the street, for the street, and about the street to give Broadway a new sense of place."
Both nights will feature the exhibit, but will also be conversational. UTSA encourages interested parties to attend both nights.