Over the last 12 months, Asakura Robinson worked alongside a consultant team led by CasaBella Architects to develop a landscape master plan that addresses issues from accessibility to parking, while also creating a strong visual identity for the campus.
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) is dedicated to the preservation, creation, presentation, and promotion of Mexican American cultural arts and heritage. It was first envisioned in the 1970s after several Hispanic visionaries and artists mobilized community support to request the development of a Hispanic-focused cultural arts facility. In 1986, the City led a formal and comprehensive location, market, financial feasibility and operations study, which resulted in the recommendation to support the establishment of a center. Following approval in a 1999 bond package, a master plan was underway by January of 2000 and the first phase of construction was completed in September of 2007.
On the ten-year anniversary of the MACC, the City of Austin launched a 12-month master planning process for the future build-out of the center and surrounding parkland. The key goals of the master plan were to:
The team sought public input during each phase of the project in order to guide programming efforts and inform the future expansion of existing or new buildings, new facilities, outdoor gathering areas, and parking.
As lead landscape architect, our team focused on three key landscape improvements:
The final master plan is available to view here.