The sculpture is thankful for such a beautiful home to look at all day.

Join the Dallas Architecture Forum at the Magnolia Theater on Wednesday, April 25, to hear Christian Veddeler, director of Amsterdam-based UNStudio, talk about the elements and systemic thinking required of good architecture.  If you aren’t familiar with UNStudio, the private residence pictured above is tiny taste of their design chops. The firm, celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, has a portfolio stuffed with award-winning museums, municipal buildings, private residences, and my favorite, high-rises.

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Dallas Architecture Forum Lecturer Finds Alternative, Creative Uses for Materials | CandysDirt.com

The exterior of Harvard University’s Tozzer Anthropology Building in Cambridge, Mass., designed by Sheila Kennedy. Photo: Horn Horner

How can architects more creatively use design materials to achieve greater flexibility of use while decreasing environmental impact? 

That has been a guiding question in the career of Sheila Kennedy, the principal and founder of Kennedy & Violich Architecture in Boston in 1990. This prolific and innovative leader in the field will be speaking tomorrow evening at the Dallas Architecture Forum‘s Rose Family Lecture to explore these and other topics. 

“Sheila Kennedy is on the cutting edge in the research and development of sustainable materials that can be adapted by local communities, especially in the developing world,” said Dallas Architecture Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “In focusing her work on the intersection of electronics, architecture, design and material science, she has created innovative projects and materials that meet the needs of developing people groups around the world.”

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What Can a Redeveloping Detroit Teach Us About Dallas? | CandysDirt.com

The 20th-century tale of Detroit is often one of woe. Auto industry job loss, economic decline, and rapid suburbanization decimated the city and left it floundering, with a population loss of 60 percent. The blight of urban decay is just one of the problems facing the area and Detroit declared bankruptcy in 2013, becoming the largest American city to ever do so. 

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Maurice Cox

But not all is lost in Motor City as committed citizens and employees work to revitalize neighborhoods, engage residents, and redevelop the urban core, all while making sense of the new landscape. 

Nationally acclaimed community designer and leader of the public interest design movement Maurice Cox knows a lot about developing bold – yet achievable – plans that become tools for civic discourse and empowerment, embraced by diverse sectors of the community. He is the director of planning and development for the city of Detroit, speaking at the Dallas Architecture Forum lecture Feb. 21

“Maurice Cox has achieved a nationally acclaimed reputation as a community designer who incorporates active citizen participation into the urban design and planning process,” said Dallas Architecture Forum executive director Nate Eudaly.

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Frank Welch Honored with Inagural Memorial Lecture by Architect Ted Flato | CandysDirt.com

Hillside House living room by Ted Flato in Austin, TX. Flato will give the inagural Frank Welch memorial lecture on Jan. 30. Photo: Aaron Leitz

Known as the dean of Texas architecture, Frank Welch was a prolific and imminently talented architect who spent a half century designing schools, churches, commercial buildings, and homes in Dallas, Midland, and Odessa. 

Ted Flato, FAIA

Welch died last June at the age of 90 and the Dallas Architecture Forum has established the Frank Welch Memorial Lecture to be presented each season as a part of its lecture series. The inaugural lecture will be given Jan. 30 by Ted Flato, FAIA, Co-Founder of Lake Flato Architects, one of the most honored and respected architecture firms in the country.

“The architectural philosophy and outstanding award-winning work of Ted Flato make him the perfect choice to present the [lecture],” said Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “Like Frank Welch, Ted Flato designs projects that are shaped by the opportunities and challenges presented by their environments, and he seeks to create a seamless connection between interior spaces and the surrounding outdoors.”

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Photos courtesy of Emily Summers

If you love great design (and adult beverages) we have the event for you! Join the Dallas Architecture Forum on October 30 for an evening exploring one of the most compelling residences in Dallas. The evening centers on the stunning Park & Pearl Residence in the Dallas Arts District. Home to an impressive collection of bold contemporary art, this full-floor industrial masterpiece features interior architecture by Tom Kundig and interior design by Emily Summers.

Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, and the chance to see the residence and hear from some members of the design team while enjoying the company of fellow design enthusiasts. Advanced ticked purchase is required and pace is limited so reserve your tickets today!

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Join Dallas Architecture Forum members for an afternoon of inspired design as they celebrate 20 years of lively and enlightening dialogue. The Design Dialogues @20 and Members Reception kicks off Sunday at 2 p.m. But first things first: Registration for this event ends tomorrow, Wednesday, May 17. Tickets are free, but you must hurry! Contact jean@dallasarchitectureforum.org to reserve your space.

Not a member yet?  Join The Forum and request your reservation to be able to attend this great event.

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Enrique Norten

Rutgers Business School in Piscataway, NJ, designed by architect Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos. Photo: GÆ+ Peter Aaron

When it comes to bringing preeminent architecture voices to North Texas, the Dallas Architecture Forum is unbeatable.

Their next lecture, and the final of the season, will feature Enrique Norten, one of the leading architects of Latino heritage in the world. His firm, Ten Arquitectos, has designed award-winning cultural centers, hotels, museums, residential and urban development, parks, public spaces, historic infrastructure adaptations, as well as furnishings.

With over 50 built projects, Norten is recognized for his work on such buildings as the National School of Theatre and Arts, the Habita Hotel, the Americano Hotel, the High Museum of Villahermosa, the NY 53rd Street Library, the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity, the University Museum of Chopo, the Amparo Museum, Santa Fe Eurocenter, Rutgers Business School, and Mercedes House in New York.

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KAI-UWE BERGMANN HEADSHOT_Credits to Andrejs Strokins (2)

On April 26, The Dallas Architecture Forum will present a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear from world-renowned architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann. Bergmann is managing partner of award-winning Bjarke Ingels Group Architects in New York City and Copenhagen, Denmark – largely regarded as one of the world’s most innovative architecture firms.

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