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Austin x Design

By Robert Faires, October 7, 2011, Arts

It was only a matter of time before the city's design professionals decided to jump on the festival bandwagon – or to design, construct, and furnish a bandwagon of their own. The local chapter of the American Institute of Architects spearheaded the move to coordinate a month's worth of activities under the banner Austin x Design. More than 20 organizations signed on to sponsor tours, lectures, film screenings, and workshops. Here is a breakdown of the remaining events. For details, visit

Thursday, Oct. 6

Heritage x Design: Alberto Garcia House Restoration Tour, 6pm, 1214 Newning

Architecture at the Umlauf Lecture Series: Pollen Architecture & Design, 7pm, 605 Robert E. Lee Rd.

Friday, Oct. 7

"More Than Architecture" opening reception, 5-8pm, University of Texas Fine Arts Library

Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems Open House, 6:30-8:30pm, 8604 FM 969

AIA Austin's "Perspectivas dosmill11" exhibition, 8am-6pm, Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River

Saturday, Oct. 8

Women.Design.Build Biomimicry Interactive Booth, Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Fest, 10am-4pm, Kodosky Program Center, 12012 Park 35 Circle

Off the Grid: Recharging Public Art + Design, 9am-3:30pm, Seaholm Power Plant, 214 West Ave.

The Old Bakery Block Idea-Thon: Revitalization of Congress Avenue's Under-Utilized Spaces, 4-7pm, 1006 Congress

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 8-9

Guild of Austin Artisans exhibition, 10am-6pm, Commodore Perry Mansion, 710 E. 41st

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Going Green: How To Align Public Art With Green Building and Infrastructure webinar, 10-11:30am, Austin City Hall, Boards & Commissions Rm. 1101, 301 W. Second

Thursday, Oct. 13

Vervano sustainable furnishings showcase with a lecture by designer Laura Britt, 5:30-7:30pm, Gallery Shoal Creek, 2905 San Gabriel #101

Saturday, Oct. 15

AIA Austin's Architecture in Schools Program Presents "Box City," 10am-1pm, Pease Elementary, 1106 Rio Grande

Interior Design Homes Tour by the American Society of Interior Designers, 10am-6pm, various locations

Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 19-22

Music in Architecture – Architecture in Music Symposium, University of Texas campus

Thursday, Oct. 20

Austin Design Riot!, 6-9pm, Threshold Furniture & Design Studio, 801 W. Fifth #100

Saturday, Oct. 22

Ask an Architect with AIA Austin's Custom Residential Architects Network 10am-2pm, BoConcept, 430 W. Second

Uptown Downtown Tour and Speaker Series hosted by the International Interior Design Association, 10am-4pm, various locations

Phillip Sell Design Open House, 711 Flite Acres Rd., Wimberley

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 22-23

Ninth Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, noon-6pm, various locations

Sunday, Oct. 23

Green City Austin Festival, 1-5pm, City Hall, 301 W. Second

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Arthouse Rooftop Architecture Film series: How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?, 7:30pm, 700 Congress

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