September 23, 6557

Architectural Odds and Ends

We'll kick off the week with a smattering of news stories that we've collected over the last couple of weeks, including a look at another interesting performing arts space, a big honor for a local firm, and more info on the newly-created Dallas City Design Studio.

Dallas is still abuzz from the opening of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and all its surrounding hoopla.  We ran across this website recently, chronicling the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Learn more about the building here.  Just goes to show the creative cutting-edge design going into the cultural buildings of the 21st Century.

Of course, there was cutting-edge design going into cultural buildings half a century ago...or at least there was in Dallas as Frank Lloyd Wright built the Kalita Humphreys Theatre.  John King of The San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at another mid-century masterpiece of that time, Wright's Marin County Civic Center.  (You've seen it on the right side of the highway if you've ever driven from San Francisco to the Wine Country.) 

In news closer to home, Page Southerland Page was awarded the 2009 Architecture Firm Award at the annual convention of the Texas Society of Architects last week in Houston.  You can see their local work on the UTD campus and in buildings such as the Mesquite Arts Center and the new Texas Instruments wafer fab complex in Richardson.  Visit their website here. Congratulations!

And, finally, here's a story from Unfair Park in which Brent Brown, AIA, fills us in on the new Dallas City Design Studio.  Much more to come...


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