Why Can’t Dallas Have Nice Things

Dallas CAN Have Nice Things: SCB Architecture

By Jon Anderson / June 19, 2019 / 4 Comments

In my quest to diversify Dallas’ architectural landscape, I’ve run across a firm that could be a great candidate for Dallas developers looking to make their mark. But first, a history lesson. Back in 1931, Lou, Irving, and Sylvia Solomon opened shop in Chicago. At the time, it was more than an architecture firm, with […]

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Why Can’t Dallas Have Nice Things: Pritzker Prize Winner Arata Isozaki

By Jon Anderson / April 30, 2019 / 2 Comments

Begun in 1979 by the Hyatt Hotels’ founding Pritzker family, the Pritzker Prize in architecture is considered to be the Nobel Prize for architects – in fact, if you Google “Nobel Prize architecture,” the Pritzker Prize is the first result.  The prize is awarded annually for a body of work versus a single building. The […]

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Dallas May Get Nice Things: FAB Studio

By Jon Anderson / October 24, 2018 / 1 Comment

I give Dallas grief for building a lot (A LOT) of bad, boring architecture. For those following my train of thought, there’s the semi-regular series Why Can’t Dallas Have Nice Things where I feature international architects who do great work but who have never worked in Dallas. Well, last week I met with the Frank […]

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Why Can’t Dallas Have Nice Things: Jean Nouvel

By Jon Anderson / August 24, 2018 / 2 Comments

French architect Jean Nouvel began designing buildings in the late 1960s with his first global success being the Arab World Institute building in Paris in 1981. That building captured the geometry inherent in Arabic architecture by using a lattice of multi-sized mechanical lenses on the exterior. The lenses’ job is to manage light entering the […]

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Why Can’t Dallas Have Nice Things: Heatherwick Studio

By Jon Anderson / July 24, 2018 / 2 Comments

I’ll admit Thomas Heatherwick’s name has skittered across my design radar for a while without really finding purchase. It was my look into his collaboration with Amsterdam-based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) for a pair of Google headquarters buildings in London and Silicon Valley that caused my architectural stars to align on Heatherwick. Some of you […]

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Why Can’t Dallas Be More Like Columbus, Indiana?

By Jon Anderson / May 16, 2018 / 1 Comment

Columbus, Indiana, is about 45 miles south of Indianapolis and about 70 miles north of Louisville. In such a largely rural state, Columbus is definitely in the boonies. Its 46,000 residents hold a secret that Indiana University, 35 miles west in Bloomington, tapped last week. You see, beginning this fall, Indiana University’s new master’s in […]

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