Next month, Animal Lovers of Austin will celebrate the canine companions who call this city home with Barkitecture 2012. As guests stroll along Second Street, licensed architects will showcase their designer doghouses during this family-friendly afternoon, benefiting local animal rescue and advocacy groups. “Austin is such an eclectic and progressive city with a love of pets, architecture and the outdoors,” says Animal Lovers of Austin Director Veronique Michalik. “Barkitecture brings all these elements together.” Barkitecture kicks off at noon with a colorful lineup of events, from a silent auction to the Lofty Dog Winter Wear Fashound Show. In true Austin fashion, the show promises to be both stylish and quirky, as dozens of well-dressed dogs and their owners model the latest fall fashions on the red carpet. Furthermore, guests can bring their own dogs to explore the designer dog park by D-Crain Design and Construction or visit with rescues from the Central Texas area. On display throughout the afternoon will be an array of unique doghouses envisioned by 25 innovative architects. Built with largely recycled or refurbished materials, the houses are one-of-a-kind creations, whether they are self-watering, solar-powered or guitar-shaped. “We hope to inspire an artistic appreciation for what Austin’s best and brightest architects, designers and builders can create,” Michalik notes. A panel of four judges will select the most notable structures, and guests have the opportunity to take home an incredible house of their own. All proceeds support animal welfare groups, including Austin Dog Alliance, Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin and Love-a-Bull.
Saturday, November 10, 12-4pm
2ns Street District