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Austin Design Week 2018: Talking and gawking

Diverse event strives to open doors, some of them literal

People making colorful things around a table
Elevated Consciousness through Design Thinking event, 2016
Colin Budd courtesy of Austin Design Week

Now in its third year, Austin Design Week continues to build on its success with a larger and more diverse schedule of events than ever. The interdisciplinary exploration and celebration of designs and designers of all kinds—from architects to graphic designers to urban planners to filmmakers and more—and will include 100 free workshops, studio tours, and events.

This year’s weeklong event kicked off Monday. Its theme, “Open Doors,” is meant to “open dialogue and facilitate learning opportunities regarding design and its role in the community,” according to the event’s website. Its schedule of events focuses on and offers insight into Austin’s creative community.

We’ll update this story throughout the week, but for now it looks like highlights include the latest collection from Sara Reichardt, who makes furniture out of Lego bricks, and an opportunity to tour a custom-designed home at The Residences at W Austin.