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Austin, Texas / Installation
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center / Fortlandia 2020
Featured at Butler Hike and Bike Trail 

Now in its third year, Fortlandia at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, exists as yet another reason to get outside and enjoy the center’s gorgeous arboretum trail while trying out new concepts of “forts” that inspire play for all ages.

Submissions, judged by a panel of local experts in architecture, landscape architecture, nature play and child behavior--are reviewed and just a few are selected. 

Childhood play is so often focused on discovery — discovery of place, of material, and of potential creations. This type of discovery can be found at any scale, alone or with friends, and ultimately fosters imagination and interaction, even with strangers. Our fort aims to tap into this type of play by establishing a series of strategic shelters, or territories, which can be continually defined and redefined by the interaction of its occupants.

Finalist / Austin Home & Design Award - Community Project
Sep 2020 / CultureMap Austin

Oct 2020 / Austin Chronicle
Oct 2020 / Architect’s Newspaper
Jun 2021 / KVUE
Jun 2021 / Austin American Statesman
Jun 2021 / KXAN

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Derived from the game of pick-up sticks, this fort establishes a series of shelters, or territories, which can be continually redefined by its occupants. 

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The territories are assembled by materials which reflect “discovered” objects; those that can be reused in a variety of ways. Layering reclaimed 36” diameter drainage pipe, and cargo net over custom steel frames, a dynamic and unexpected environment was created - one that offers opportunities for people of all ages to discover each territory in a number of exciting ways.  

Project Team /

Geoffrey Ford, Mari Michael Glassell, Alfredo Tiznado,

Builder: Citadel Development Services
Fabricator: Makehaus
Graffiti: Sloke One

Photography: Ben Porter

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