Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Registration Closes for Re:Vision Dallas

Last week (on tax day) was the last day to register for the Re:Vision Dallas competition, the design competition for a sustainable city block that we are conducting in partnership with the City of Dallas, Urban Re:Vision and the buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. It was a big day for us because we and our partners have put a lot of effort into Re:Vision. We think it could not only be a catalyst for the rebuilding of the southern part of Downtown Dallas, but could also put Dallas at the top of the list of cities in sustainable development.

As is, I’m told, entirely typical for such contests, nobody registered until almost the last day. We were on pins and needles hoping for a good showing.

We got one. We had about 175 registrants for the contest. That included more than a dozen from Dallas and entries from at least ten countries. On May 18 and 19 I’ll go to San Francisco to observe the jury, which includes some very distinguished architects (I’ll only be observing because I’m not anywhere near qualified to be a jury like this).

I’m excited. I think we will get designs to build at the southern edge of downtown just as brilliant, if different in purpose and kind, as the designs at the northern edge of downtown (like the Winspear Opera House) that are making Dallas a real center of modern architecture.

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