M!SA Urban highlights local urban development. This includes a wide variety of topics on the design of commercial real estate, workplace, urban planning, place-making, to public gathering space that has a modern/contemporary aesthetic. Join us on our search for the most interesting places in San Antonio and how they are inspiring our community.
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Anyone who has experienced the Pearl campus in San Antonio has experienced the importance of creating a sense of place through good design. The importance of history, adaptive reuse, and sustainability remain at the forefront of this significant development for San Antonio. Those characteristics contribute to the definition of good architecture and interior design; as a professional within this community, I believe we all have an obligation to this responsibility and focus. The Pearl and their partners do it better than anyone else.
In the City of Alamo Heights, near the intersection of Broadway and Austin Highway, there is a new office building at 200 Austin Highway. Designed to be a place for the neighborhood entrepreneur to call home, this unique Class A office building is one of many real estate transformations happening at this bustling intersection.
One of the brave establishments to open during the COVID-19 pandemic is Re:Rooted 210 Urban Winery. Located in Hemisfair Park, this business model is refreshingly a-typical for your average winery.
Historically, the McNay Art Museum had the perception within the San Antonio community of being primarily for elite patrons. One who might have been unfamiliar with the museum could have easily gotten the impression that it was a closed-off residence — which it was originally — or private club with its narrow gates and meandering driveways. These perceptions are changing as the McNay is actively taking on a new approach to its outreach in the community.
In November 2019, our M!SA Advisory Panel spoke with local students about their career choices in professions like architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, graphic design, culinary arts, contemporary art, and film. Click the image below to watch and pass this video along to those you know who want to pursue a career in the visual arts!
Taeg Nishimoto is a graduate professor in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning at UTSA. Originally from Japan, his interests span from all methods of architectural design from the theoretical to the technical. Professor Nishimoto is an impressive resource for UTSA students. As stated on his biography on the UTSA website:
I have to be honest with you. Eighteen months ago, I truly wondered what on earth I was doing here. “Here,” meaning a seat on the Advisory Panel for Modern in San Antonio, dedicated to highlighting the best and brightest of local modern design, art, places, and events. Yes, I’m a Creative Director at the agency that MiSA came to for its brand identity and website design and development, but beyond that, I questioned the value I could bring to a meaningful discussion on modern design and art in our city.
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with local architect, Kris Feldmann of CREO, to discuss what it was like to be a part of the team that helped to craft the narrative at the Flight 93 National Memorial while with Paul Murdoch Architects.
The photo above is courtesy of Paul Murdoch Architects + Eric Staudenmeier.
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CAST TECH is a high school within a high school. Located on the campus of Fox Tech in downtown San Antonio, they offer the typical fundamental classes you would find in a standard high school plus a focus on coding, cybersecurity, gaming, entrepreneurship, business & design.