Destination Dallas A Great Success

Destination Dallas A Great Success

A couple of weeks ago, we were proud to partner with theNasher Sculpture Center and The Rachofsky House on Destination Dallas, a week-longarchitecture workshop under the tutelage of Peter Goldstein that had studentsall around the area for sketching, tours, speakers and projects.  Here’s a summary of what they were up to.

Monday was an introduction to the Arts District.  We took an orientation walk along the “spine”of the District, Flora Street,and discussed the Sasaki Plan and what made a space inviting for pedestrians.  (Important under the hot June sun!)  Then, the students visited with Veletta Lill,Executive Director of the Dallas Arts District in her office high atop Chase Tower. With a great view of the District below,student had their first sketching exercise. They ended the day with abehind-the-scenes tour of the Meyerson Symphony Center,complete with organ recital. We have some photos up of this great start on ourFacebook page here.

Tuesday went even more in-depth in the Arts District asstudents toured, sketched and examined the works of three Pritzker Prizewinners:  the unique roof system designedby Renzo Piano for the Nasher Sculpture Center, the canopy and stage systems ofthe Norman Foster-designed Winspear Opera House and the “theater machine” thatis the REX/OMA designed Wyly Theater.

The middle of the week saw the group here at the Center fora “binocular tour” of the Dallas skyline, a presentationon the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park and a look at our newestexhibition CONTEXT/CONTRAST.  DCFA Boardmember Vel Hawes also organized a close-up look at the under-construction PerotMuseum of Nature and Science designed my Thom Mayne and Morphosis.  In addition to a look at the model, studentstalked with the contractors and got detailed information from the workingdrawings and the BIM modeling.

Destination Dallaswent south on Thursday.  After a visit toHKS, the bus headed to the Trinity River Audubon Center for a day of sketching and projects.

The grand finale was at The Rachofsky House where studentswere given a project to create a plan to install a series of works in the NasherCollection in the museum-quality home designed by Richard Meier.  Following a presentation by the UTA School ofArchitecture and the ACE Mentorprogram, students welcomed their parents and special guest to a reception and areview of their project plans.  It wasincredible to see the work that these students were able to produce.

The week was a great success and we all look forward toanother edition next year.  Thanks to allinvolved and especially Peter Goldstein and our partners at the Nasher and TheRachofsky House. We’ll have even more photos of the week up soon.

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