The End of Austin

an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas

Spray-painting Austin: An Artist’s Perspective

Around two years ago I moved to Austin for a new job opportunity with an industrial design firm. It was a little challenging, considering I had no friends and family within … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Never the Same Again: A Story of SXSW 2010

The year is 2010, a time when Austin isn’t completely overrun with condos, cranes, and “hipsters” just yet, even during the infamous SXSW music festival. My favorite shows are lovingly … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

Keeping Austin Weird: Graffiti and Urban Branding

In Austin, one phrase has become synonymous with the city: “Keep Austin Weird.” This slogan is found on everything from keychains to bumper stickers to tie dyed shirts in Texas’ … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Austin Disaster

Use of the term “disaster” varies widely across Austin residents – ranging from calls for volunteers to aid those effected by flash flooding to Tweets of woe over traffic congestion … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Capital Improvements, 2013

If you want to learn something profound about how Austin has transformed itself in the last few decades, one of the best places to look is through the eyes of … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

An Emotional Map of Austin

TEOA sat down with Austin artist Jennifer Chenoweth to talk about creatively mapping the emotional highs and lows of the city in a project called the “Hedonic Map of Austin.” How … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Conversation With Thor

About halfway through Thor Harris’s A Post Apocalyptic Tale of Friendship (2010), a mutilated and deformed figure hauls a shark-filled aquarium through a desert populated by wilted flora and equally … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Moonlight Towers

In 1895, the City of Austin acquired a novel street-lighting system from Detroit consisting of thirty-one 165-foot tower lights. Their cool glow and looming height earned them the popular moniker … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · Leave a comment
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