In high-rise architectural terms, Dallas is an eight crayon town in a 96 crayon world. After over 30 years of building nothing special, we got McKinney and Olive by award-winning architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli. Then in March 2017, Hillwood announced (skyline-changing) Perot Tower designed by noted British architect Sir Norman Foster that won’t apparently be built until there’s a tenant (and that looks similar to a failed Renzo Piano London project). Finally in October, Hogue Capital and KDC unveiled plans for a 20-acre downtown Smart District also to be designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli.
And be honest, am I the only one who hopes these are just boring mock-ups and not the actual Smart District structures? Trailblazing, they’ ain’t.