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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The Dallas Architecture Forum‘s lecture season will continue on Thursday, Jan. 26th at 7 p.m., in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art. Alex Krieger, principal in the architecture firm NBBJ and professor in the Harvard Graduate School of Design, will speak to begin the evening. Krieger and his team produced the community development plan for the Dallas Arts District, which acts as the new framework for the 17 blocks between Uptown and Downtown.

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John Ronan

The Gary Comer Youth Center designed by John Ronan, FAIA. Photo: Steve Hall-Hedrich Blessing

John Ronan, FAIA, is an award-winning architect who is known for thoughtful, elegant buildings that have been published in the national and international business and design press. His Poetry Foundation building has achieved iconic status, and he was one of only seven international finalists for the Obama Presidential Center.

He will be speaking Dec. 6 as part of the 20th Anniversary 2016-2017 lecture season from the Dallas Architecture Forum.

“John is very engaging with audiences, and we believe his breadth of architectural, education and research experience will provide a program of great interest to the Dallas community,” said Nate Eudaly, Executive Director of the Dallas Architecture Forum.

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economics and architecture

As Dallas continues to mature and it enters the next stage of civic life, we will witness transformation marked by progressive urban, cultural, and architectural changes.

Economics and Architecture

Jeff Whittington

However, progress and growing pains often come together, as exemplified by the recent Supreme Court decision regarding Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. This case rendered Texas’ current affordable and low-income housing tax credit allocation unconstitutional, and its subsequent decision has forced many developers to re-consider their development strategies and will have architects re-examining what neighborhood context looks like.

This Supreme Court decision will impact our definition of neighborhoods in Dallas, and it can give birth to a vibrant and exciting phase of our city’s growth if we allow it to.

The next Dallas Architecture Forum (DAF) panel discussion on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. will explore all of those possibilities, and how what may be viewed as a setback might invigorate the neighborhoods of our city.

The event will be moderated by Jeff Whittington, executive producer for special projects and KERA’s Think series, as well as host of Anything You Ever Wanted to Know on KERA 90.1 FM. He also created and launched the KXT Live Sessions series for KXT 91.7 FM.

“Moderator Jeff Whittington will be joined by expert panelists including a Dallas City Council member, a representative from City Square, and academic thought leaders,” said DAF Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “They will discuss the impact of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. and how it will define our neighborhoods.”

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placemaking

Food Fridays at Sunset Market, Albuquerque, NM. Photo: Project for Public Spaces

One of the country’s top experts on placemaking is visiting town to speak at the next Dallas Architecture Forum event.

Fred Kent, the Founder and President of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), is widely recognized as a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and is one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth, and the future of the city.

If you’re wondering, “what exactly is placemaking?,” here’s a good working definition from his organization:

As both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, Placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value. More than just promoting better urban design, Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.

With community-based participation at its center, an effective Placemaking process capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, and well being.

Kent will speak on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre in the West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave.

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Marc Fornes

Louis Vuitton Pop-Up Store in London, designed by architect Marc Fornes. Photo: Stephane Muratet

Brooklyn-based architect, artist, and digital thinker Marc Fornes is the speaker at the next Dallas Architecture Forum event March 29.

Marc Fornes

Marc Fornes

Fornes is the founder of THEVERYMANY™, a New York-based studio engaging art and architecture through systematic research and development into applied computer science and digital fabrication. Fornes creates complex, curvilinear self-supported structures located in France, Canada, and the United States. His work is in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France, and in many private collections. He has created private residences and pop-up stores for such well-known designers as Louis Vuitton and Irene Neuwirth.

He is also TED Fellow and has been a speaker at multiple events and institutions, including the ArchiLab symposium and MoMA MIND. Together with Francois Roche, he co-created “(n)Certainties,” a graduate studio course at Columbia University, the University of Southern California, and Die Angewandte in Vienna.

Fornes is currently teaching at Princeton and Harvard Graduate School of Design. With his diverse background in architecture, design, computation, digital fabrication, and education, Fornes’ presentation is sure to be valuable for the Dallas community.

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The “tiny house” movement, as well as eco-villages, co-housing, and pocket neighborhoods, are some of the responses to urban growth.

Nan Ellin

Nan Ellin

People living in these alternative houses are returning to a simpler way of life. These all incorporate shared amenities and social spaces, encouraging human interaction in order to nourish a deep sense of community. There’s less “stuff” to stress about, a smaller footprint, and fewer wasted resources.

The next Dallas Architecture Forum event is a panel discussion with residents, architects, and developers of such projects. They will explore their successes as well as opportunities for the future in an evening titled Village Redux: Co-Housing and Pocket Neighborhoods.

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Dallas is experiencing phenomenal inner city growth. Neighborhoods like Oak Cliff, the Trinity River Corridor, Deep Ellum, Ross Avenue, and the Design District are seeing urban infill like never before, showing up in all scales and types.

inner city growth

Robert Meckfessel, FAIA

These changes are remaking the city and opening up new opportunities for residents and businesses alike. But when we look at housing, retail, restaurants, office, and streetscapes, what are the traits that make for good infill and connectivity for these areas?

These are the questions posed for the next Dallas Architecture Forum event, a panel presented in collaboration with Preservation Dallas called Remaking the City.

The event will be moderated by Robert McFessel, FAIA, President of DSGN Associates and past president of leading organizations involved with the quality of the built environment, including the Dallas Architecture Forum, Preservation Dallas, LaReunion TX, and AIA Dallas.

McFessel currently serves on the boards of LaReunion TX, The Trinity Trust, Trinity Commons Foundation, DoCoMoMo U.S., Greater Dallas Planning Council, and the Advisory Board of the Dallas Architecture Forum.

Panelists include:

  • Edwin Cabannis: Owner of the Kessler Theater
  • Katherine Seale: Chair of the City of Dallas Landmark Commission and Past Director of Preservation Dallas
  • Evan Sheets: Senior Urban Designer at Dallas City Design Studio
  • Dan Shipley, FAIA: Founder and Principal at Shipley Architects

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