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May
30
2014

F2 Architectural Installation Activates the new Travis Park

Posted 5 years 270 days ago ago by John Quiroz (GPA)

SAN ANTONIO, TX (May 30, 2014)- The public is invited to enjoy and explore F2, an architectural installation led by design instructors Kevin McClellan and Andrew Kudless of UTSA’s College of Architecture, at the official unveiling on Thursday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. in Travis Park. The project is a partnership with the University of Texas at San Antonio’s College of Architecture and the Center City Development & Operations Department in addition to the Department for Culture & Creative Development. F2 is a spruce wood and plastic grid shell installation approximately 40 feet wide by 40 feet long and 15 feet high that will be on display for three months. It is the first rotating installation in the new Travis Park, creating a mini-destination as identified by the concept plan that serves to draw new audiences and activate this urban greenspace.

F2 refers to the design technique known as form finding that explores the relationship between structural forms and forces. A grid shell is a structure that derives its strength from its double curvature, such as a dome, and is constructed with a grid or lattice. The project design, fabrication, and installation of the grid shell were completed by a total of 27 UTSA graduate students. The grid shell’s span of 50 feet with 2 inches of material is an impressive depth to span ratio and represents one of the largest and most advanced grid shell structures designed by UTSA students.

F2 can be appreciated for its structural simplicity and formal elegance. The public will be able to learn more about the project and even walk through the installation during docent-led tours that will take place every Tuesday at 7 p.m. throughout the summer, right before Movies by Moonlight.

The revitalization and ongoing programming of Travis Park supports the city’s larger placemaking efforts to create spaces that strengthen connections between people and spark social, economic and environmental benefits. To learn more about F2, you can read through the design studio’s blog or visit the UTSA College of Architecture website. For more information on Travis Park and for a list of daily activities, visit www.sanantonio.gov/ccdo or check Travis Park’s Facebook page.
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