Dallas Arts District: Unrivaled Design


Dallas Arts District: Unrivaled Design

 Winspear Opera House

New York has the nation’s tallest skyscraper. Chicago has some fancy buildings. But one city wins when it comes to sheer density of urban design: Dallas. That’s the conclusion of Kriston Capps, who writes about housing, architecture, design, and other factors that shape cities for CityLab.

 

Six different Pritzker Prize-winning architects have designed signature buildings in the Dallas Arts District, all within an area that’s smaller than a square mile. All of the designers have won other prestigious awards, including Japan’s Praemium Imperiale, the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal, and the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Gold Medal. Dallas’ superior six includes one architect who’s been knighted by France, one who’s been knighted by England, and one who’s been named a senator for life in Italy.

 

Dallas Arts District: Unrivaled Design

 Wyly Theatre

Dallas Arts District: Unrivaled Design

Nasher Sculpture Center

Dallas Arts District: Unrivaled Design

Meyerson Symphony Center

Dallas Arts District: Unrivaled Design

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Dallas Arts District: Unrivaled Design

Thanksgiving Square

 

No other geographic area in the nation this small features as much architecture by architects who have received the top honors in their fields.

 

For sheer density of great design in a single destination? Head to Dallas.

 

 

Photos: Andreas Praefcke/Wikimedia Commons, ThisIsPockets/Flickr, TexasBackRoads/Flickr, Eager/Flickr, ThornMonkey/Flickr, RadicalBender/Wikimedia Commons

 

D-FW Weekend Round Up (8/7-8/10)


Weekend Round Up (8/7-8/10)

This weekend is big for live music, tax-free deals, and all forms of art and entertainment. Whether you’re looking for a show to catch with friends or a way to spend time with the kids, we’ve got something on the list for you.

 

Tim McGraw: One of the most well-known artists in country music will be joined by up-and-comers Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope at Gexa on Friday, August 8. If you missed Tim when he was here for the March Madness Music Festival, be sure to catch him now.

 

Monte Montgomery: If you like Eric Clapton and/or John Mayer, check out Monte Montgomery at Granada on Friday. He’s an Austin native and is said to be one of the most energetic performers in Texas.

 

Frisco Rough Riders vs. Tulsa Drillers: From Friday to Sunday, the Rough Riders will be taking on the Drillers. Plus, Friday night is Craft Beer Night at Dr. Pepper Stadium. Get friends and family together to cheer on our team.

 

Oak Cliff Cultural Center Block Party: Saturday, August 9 , join in on the celebration of the Center’s fourth anniversary. The event will have live music, face painting, art booths, food, and dancing.

 

Family Yoga: Get the family together for some outdoor activity and zen on Saturday. The Crow Collection will host a class beginning at 10am at Klyde Warren Park.

 

2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival: If you don’t make Friday night’s show at Gexa, you can still catch live music there on Saturday. 20 rock and metal bands, including Korn and Avenged Sevenfold, will play on four different stages.

 

Target Second Saturday: The Latin Cultural Center is offering up fun for the whole family Saturday with music by Grammy Award-winning artist Mr. Blue Shoes. Kids can enjoy Latin dance lessons, an early exposure to blues music, and a lesson in history.

 

Metalachi: Do you love metal? Do you love mariachi music? Then Metalachi is the band for you. This one-of-a-kind band will be singing classic hard rock songs while playing traditional mariachi instruments Sunday, August 10 at Trees in Deep Ellum.

 

Dogfight: Addison Theatre Centre is holding the first performance of Dogfight outside of New York through August 16. The story is set on the eve of the Kennedy assassination and follows a newly inducted marine before he’s set to ship off to Vietnam.

 

Ringling Bro’s and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Have you heard the word? The circus is in town! Now through Sunday, August 10 get your seats to see clowns, tigers, a human canon and all the circus classics at American Airlines Center.

 

The Phantom of The Opera: Through August 24, experience one of the most famous Broadway plays at the Winspear Opera House. With a cast and orchestra of 52 people, this is one of the largest shows currently on tour.

 

Tax-Free Weekend: The kiddos will be going back to school before we know it and it’s time to get them ready by taking advantage of tax-free weekend, which lasts from Friday to Sunday. Generally, clothing, footwear, and school supplies under $100 are all tax free.

 

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs: Have a kid who loves dinosaurs? Are you a dinosaur-buff yourself? Looking for a great indoor activity? Check all the boxes at the Perot Museum this weekend at this exhibit that displays Earth’s inhabitants as the were 140 million years ago.

 

Summer Dollar Days: The Trinity River Audubon Center is offering $1 admission while summer lasts. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore this thriving part of Dallas and spend a day in the great outdoors.

 

Family-friendly Summer Movie Series: Five theaters around D-FW are featuring special series that are fun for the whole family. Ticket prices range from free to just $2.

 

August Dollar Days: Admission is just $1 at the Dallas Arboretum all month long. It may be hot, but the gardens and water pads help keep temperatures down.

 

Water Parks: Take advantage of the free time your kids have during the summer to visit one of D-FW’s many water parks.