Hither and yon...

Here's a gathering of the latest architectural news we've been paying attention to.  Some of it local.  Some of it further afield with local connections.  And some of it just pretty darn interesting.

Now that the hooplah surrounding the opening of the AT&T Performing Arts Center is fading to a dull roar.  (Although the reviews continue to roll in...we'll offer a digest sometime soon.) Now, it seems that we're eating, sleeping and breathing parks.  Construction on the Woodall Rodgers deck park officially began last weekend with the demolition of the Harwood bridge.  This weekend, it's the end of the road for the St. Paul flyover.  You can watch progress for yourself on "The Park's" newly launched website and their construction cam here.

It looks like the Dallas monsoon season is playing havoc with the final phases of construction of the much-awaited Main Street Garden. They'll get there though, as a confident Willis Winters, FAIA, told Unfair Park's Robert Wilonsky on a muddy sneak peek tour.  And that's just the beginning.  Several other downtown parks are underway, as Downtown Dallas reports in their blog

Two local connections to this next story.  As we all know, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava is designing a series of signature bridges for the Trinity River.  And, several months ago, we screened a documentary on the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed campus of Florida Southern College.  Well, Calatrava is getting into the college business himself.  Here's a story on his proposed master plan for the University of South Florida Polytechnic's Lakeland campus. 

And finally...while Dallas is finally celebrating its new architecture, we have beaten ourselves up about the buildings we have managed to demolish.  (We actually will feature a series tese lost Dallas buildings in future issues of the AIA Dallas magazine Columns.)  No schadenfreude here, but it's somehow comforting to know that Chicago, that champion of all things architectural, can make the same kind of mistakes. For example, this. Here's hoping we all learn from our collective goofs.



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