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Dallas Museum of Art to Host The Connected City Fall Lecture Series

The Connected City Design Challenge will present a month long lecture series at the Dallas Museum of Art to highlight bold solutions by internationally acclaimed architects to guide the future development and connection between downtown Dallas and the Trinity River. The first event of the series will introduce the goals of The Challenge and its internationally acclaimed jury. Subsequent lectures, culminating in the final event on November 5, will highlight the work of award-winning architects from Spain, the Netherlands, and the U.S., who will reveal their design proposals to connect Downtown Dallas and the Trinity River.

The Connected City Design Challenge finalists include the Barcelona-based studio Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura; OMA-AMO, the architectural office and research division of Rotterdam architect Rem Koolhaas, and Stoss Landscape Urbanism of Boston with SHoP Architects of New York.

As part of this special program, The Connected City Design Challenge will mark the event with a design installation on the Museum’s Ross Avenue Plaza that will house models for each of the three designs inside a 45-foot metal shipping container. The installation will debut on Thursday, October 17, in advance of the jury discussion that same evening, and will remain on view through November 11, 2013. After its DMA presentation, the container installation is scheduled to appear at several locations throughout the city, including Main Street Garden, Dallas City Hall Plaza, and along the Trinity River levee, to further build awareness for the challenge.

“The Dallas Museum of Art is excited to be part of the continuing conversation of the changing cityscape of Dallas, enhancing its livability,” said Maxwell L. Anderson, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. “By hosting The Connected City Design Challenge and discussions with these renowned urban planners, the Museum can further expand its relevance to local and global communities.”

Brent Brown, director of Dallas CityDesign Studio, said, “In 2009, The Trinity Trust Foundation and the City of Dallas, with support from Deedie & Rusty Rose, established the CityDesign Studio. Our initial focus was timely, working with residents, developers, businesses, and investors to secure an urban structure policy in advance of the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge connecting Downtown Dallas to West Dallas.  Now is the time to focus our attention to one of the most challenging urban design problems in our city – connecting our downtown and our river.

Dr. Gail Thomas, president of The Trinity Trust Foundation, added, “George Kessler, author of the 1911 Dallas Comprehensive Plan, was right when he said, ‘The Trinity River is the biggest problem you have in Dallas today.’ There is no clear physical connection between downtown Dallas and the Trinity River after the river was moved one mile south. That movement is now exacerbated by freeways, on-ramps, freight rail lines and a patchwork of industrial and institutional uses. We hope that The Connected City Design Challenge will help us come up with the best solutions from the brightest minds of our time.”

The Connected City Lecture Series is free, but reservations are required. Register at Following is the full lecture schedule to be held in the DMA’s Horchow Auditorium.

October 17: The Connected City Exhibition + Jury Discussion; 7:00 p.m.

The Connected City Design Challenge Jury will discuss the Professional Team design proposals. The discussion will be led by Jury Chair Larry Beasley, Retired Chief Planner, Vancouver, BC, with Jury members Allan Jacobs, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley and former San Francisco Director of Planning; Peter Bishop, Prof. of Urban Design, Bartlett School of Architecture, London; and Robert Meckfessel, FAIA, Chair of the City of Dallas Urban Design Peer Review Panel.

October 22: Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura Connected City Lecture; 6:30 p.m.

RBTA is an international architecture studio based in Barcelona, Spain. RBTA’s scope encompasses a comprehensive vision of architecture, which includes urban planning, landscape, interior, lighting, and furniture design. Since 1963, RBTA has overseen more than one thousand projects in over fifty cities throughout the world, from Europe to the United States, China, Japan, and India. In  the  United  States,  Bofill  built  two  iconic  towers  in  Chicago,  77  Wacker  Drive  (United  Airlines)  and  Dearborn Center (JP Morgan Chase), and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

October 29: OMA*AMO Connected City Lecture; 6:30 p.m.

OMA is a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis. The counterpart to OMA’s architectural practice is AMO, a research studio based in Rotterdam. While OMA remains dedicated to the realization of buildings and masterplans, AMO operates in areas beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture, including media, politics, sociology, renewable energy, technology, fashion, curating, publishing, and graphic design. OMA’s buildings and masterplans around the world, including the Wyly Theatre in the Dallas Arts District, Milstein Hall at Cornell University, Seattle Central Library, and the Prada Epicenter in Los Angeles, insist on intelligent forms while inventing new possibilities for content and everyday use. OMA is led by six partners— Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, and David Gianotten— and sustains an international practice with offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, and soon Doha.

November 5: Stoss + SHoP Connected City Lecture; 6:30 p.m.

Stoss + SHoP is a team of landscape architects, architects, and urban designers who are recognized practitioners and thinkers focused on city-making, urban development, and social space. They are committed to high-density and innovative urban projects that are tuned to and shaped by both the environment and real estate strategy: vibrant, socially and culturally rich urban districts made from sound landscape and development principles. Their work across North America demonstrates that good place-making and environmental stewardship can simultaneously be good economic strategy.

About Connected City Design Challenge

The Connected City Design Challenge builds awareness of urban design solutions that can shape the future of Dallas. By providing a refined and specific strategy for connecting our downtown and river, The Connected City Design Challenge seeks to empower citizens and designers to work together to realize solutions that improve the livability and viability of Dallas.

The Connected City Design Challenge is structured as a competitive process consisting of two idea streams: a Professional Stream and an Open Stream. In May, The Challenge Jury selected three Professional Stream finalists. The Open Stream saw hundreds of registrants across multiple disciplines including professionals, non-professionals, and students. Final submissions have been received and will be available online for viewing and voting beginning October 17 at

The Challenge is produced by the Dallas CityDesign Studio, an office of the City of Dallas, in partnership with The Trinity Trust Foundation, Downtown Dallas, Inc. and The Real Estate Council Foundation. Sponsors include partners, individuals, various area stakeholders, and landowners. Collaborators include AIA Dallas, Greater Dallas Planning Council, Dallas Architecture Forum, and the Dallas Center for Architecture.

About the Dallas Museum of Art

Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 22,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, the Museum welcomes more than half a million visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. In January 2013, the DMA returned to a free general admission policy and launched DMA Friends, the first free museum membership program in the country.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Partners and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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