For their November publication, The American Institute of Architects visited San Angelo for the 20 year anniversary of the 1992 urban design charette created by the AIA Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team.
Help arrived in February 1992, when an AIA Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT) was invited to town. The ensuing design charrette is considered one of the AIA’s most successful R/UDATs in the program’s 45-year history. Twenty years later, it continues to guide the investment of new infusions of private and public money.
Known as a “plan for planning” to empower cities to resolve complex urban design problems, San Angelo’s R/UDAT came at a pivotal moment in the collective realization among its leaders that a better future was possible, and hinged upon repairing and reinvigorating the fading urban fabric of their city’s downtown core.
Through the hard work and investment of several city leaders, citizens, and architects many of the RUDAT's proposals have been implemented over the last 20 years. Recently, Kinney Franke Architects has had their own imprint on the master plan through the proposed San Angelo Performing Arts Center:
Next on the horizon is the San Angelo Performing Arts Center. Designed by local firm Kinney Franke Architects and financed entirely by private capital, the two-story project will breathe new life into an empty Coca-Cola warehouse at the north end of downtown. With fundraising more than halfway completed toward the $13.7 million goal, the design includes a 300-seat performance space, a black-box theater, two rehearsal areas, seven studios for the San Angelo Civic Ballet, and offices for the ballet company, Civic Theatre, and San Angelo Cultural Affairs Council.
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