Wednesday News Round-Up

Wednesday News Round-Up

It's time once again for our digest of architectural news and happenings.

North Texas is fortunate to be home to the University of Texas at Arlington and its outstanding architecture program.  Our neighbors to the south at Rice University also have an excellent architecture school and they have a new dean.  Sarah Whiting, an expert in urban and architectural theory, comes from Princeton and will begin work January 1.  Go here for more details.

Not a scoop here...KERA's Art & Seek pointed this out first, but it bears repeating. The dynamic duo of the soon-to-open Dallas Center for the Performing Arts--Lord Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas--will join a local designer to consult on conceptual plans for a $2.7 billion cultural district in Hong Kong.  Lord Norman created a previous masterplan (including an enormous glass canopy...sound familiar, Winspear Opera House fans?) that was greeted less than enthusiastically by potential developers.  Sounds like the Hong Kong folks need to come to Dallas and check out our own Arts District to see what's possible.  The Architects' Journal has more on the story here.

We posted links to a couple of reviews of the Guggenheim Museum's Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit on Monday.  Today, The Dallas Morning News joins in with a review by David Dillon.  It includes mention of the unbuilt Rogers Lacy Hotel right here in Big D. We're on it...going to do some research and post more in an upcoming post. 

And there's breaking news on the status of 508 Park Avenue.  Robert Wilonsky posts an update on Unfair Park just in time for a meeting today at Dallas City Hall. Check out Justin Terveen's photos of the building here.  (Justin is the excellent photographer whose great shots of Dallas buildings are all over our website.)


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