The AD EX — formerly the Dallas Center for Architecture — launched its new digs at Republic Center to go with its new name Dec. 8. (Photo: Craig D. Blackmon, FAIA)

There’s a new spot for your architecture and design fix in downtown Dallas from a source you’ll recognize. The AD EX — formerly the Dallas Center for Architecture and short for The Architecture and Design Exchange — had its official launch on Saturday, Dec. 8. The organization held the celebration with Downtown Dallas Inc. and the Better Block Foundation in its new digs located at Republic Center, which is near Thanks-Giving Square. Even with the new name and location, the Ad Ex will have the same great programming, including diverse exhibits, weekly free Lunch Learning Sessions, and guided architecture tours.

If you’re already intrigued, you can stop by between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, with late and weekend hours of 8 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Photo: Craig D. Blackmon, FAIA

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Dallas Center for Architecture is Now AD EX with Newly Expanded Vision, Location | CandysDirt.com

The Dallas Center for Architecture has changed its name and expanded its vision, moving to a new location in downtown Dallas and setting its sights on being an integral part of the community. 

DCFA is now AD EX, shorthand for The Architecture and Design Exchange. They are taking new roost in the historic midcentury architectural icon Republic Center with the goal of being both a physical space and mechanism for spurring conversation about walkability, mobility, historic preservation, affordable housing, economic development, and other civic challenges related to architecture and urban design that impact the city. 

“Building on the momentum created over the past ten years, we look forward to AD EX becoming a critical force in an ever-growing conversation on the design and livability of our cities,” says Jan Blackmon, FAIA, executive director of The Architecture and Design Foundation and AIA Dallas. “We believe this storefront space in the middle of a new epicenter for downtown will give us opportunities to reach new audiences. Our hope is that AD EX will inspire our community to see its surroundings differently and imagine new possibilities for design as a solution.”

AD EX’s street-level location in the dense urban core of Dallas and adjacency to downtown’s next planned public park, Pacific Plaza, is intended to break down barriers and facilitate informal exchange of ideas about design and architecture. Its interior space, outside terrace, open floorplan, and floor-to-ceiling windows will showcase design-focused exhibitions, films, book and panel discussions, student workshops, policy symposia, and other programming. 

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It seems like every year AIA Dallas puts on its fall home tour, they up the ante of style and substance. This year’s AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, held Saturday and Sunday Nov. 1-2, is no different.

The tour, which is self-guided and open to the public, will feature the outstanding work of AIA Dallas architects. The tour will feature the recently completed shipping container home from Michael Gooden Design, PV14. The home, named for its address on Peavy Road and for the number of shipping containers the home is constructed with, has sweeping views of White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas. The other eight homes, which also include a Howard Meyer renovation, are no slouches, either.

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Will Alex Krieger's vision of a narrow, four-lane parkway next to the Trinity River win over a massive toll road?

Will Alex Krieger’s vision of a narrow, four-lane parkway next to the Trinity River win over a massive toll road?

Last week, the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects took a couple of days to really home in on the challenges that Dallas must overcome to be a sustainable and attractive city in the long term. A city that can compete with other areas that offer more holistic transportation solutions in an urban environment. Those lofty goals were all addressed at the organization’s Mobility Summit.

Long a car-centric city, the next generation of Dallas residents are upending the long-held belief that commuting is a forgone conclusion, measuring distance in hours door-to-door. Instead, more and more thinkers are looking critically at Dallas and our eight-lane highways, our toll roads, and our elevated high-speed thoroughfares.

As usual, Robert Wilonsky (who, I swear writes 99 percent of the copy on the Dallasnews.com site) did a fabulous job breaking down the big issues and discussions at the event, and the breakthroughs brought on by gathering so many people passionate about Dallas’ design future. The most impact was felt by Harvard professor and urban planner Alex Krieger, a co-author of Dallas’ Balanced Vision Plan, when he backed off his support of a road within the levees of the Trinity River.

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We are just trembling with excitement about the Luis Vidal “Encounters” exhibition opening Sept. 10. The Dallas event is the third stop for the architecture presentation and interactive exhibit featuring the works of Luis Vidal + Architects, with previous events held in Washington, D.C., and New York. Hosted by the Dallas Center for Architecture, there will be an opening reception at DCFA starting at 6 p.m., with a book signing with Vidal himself.

You won’t want to miss perusing some of the incredible works by LVA, a very influential force in architecture behind London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal. The structure is modern and sleek with an undulating roof that evokes the wings of an aircraft cutting through the clouds.

Of course, after you’ve been inspired by “Encounters,” head to the Design District showroom of the Bernadette Schaeffler Collection for a festive after party celebrating the opening, which starts at 8:30 p.m. at 1616 HiLine Drive. RSVP at info@bernadetteschaeffler.com.

 

Architecture360 Tour

This year’s Architecture360 is sure to attract a wide audience this year, thanks to AIA Dallas and Dallas Center for Architecture‘s hard work. The organizations have sought out the coolest and most interesting behind-the-scenes locations for their “Place-A-Day series,” which includes a tour of a new spot inside the city with a never-before-seen perspective. (more…)

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The Dallas Center For Architecture hosts some amazing open houses, allowing patrons to tour homes with unique design elements and stunning construction and giving architecture lovers access to some truly one-of-a-kind properties.

This time patrons can tour a Park Cities home that is as sustainable as it is chic. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while touring this incredible 8,300-square-foot home designed by Perkins+Will principal Tom Reisenbichler, designed for himself and his family.

Reisenbichler’s objective was to prove that environmentally sensitive architecture can be both appealing to the eyes and senses. We think he achieved that, with an LEED-H Platinum structure that is absolutely enchanting but doesn’t distract from the natural beauty surrounding it.

“The use of entertaining spaces which flow from inside the home to under the canopy of trees, engages the site and creates wonderful linkages between spaces. The design is a balanced composition of solids and glass with strong horizontal lines tying the building to the site,” the press materials state. “The home uses high-quality reclaimed and recycled materials, such as teak, local stone for interior walls and tile rich in recycled content. The house far surpasses Energy Star efficiencies and uses the highest efficiency materials available in the market for insulation.”

You can see it for yourself on Nov. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and specific details will be shared after confirmation. Find out more about registering for this event on the Dallas Center For Architecture’s website.