Architecture 360: Driving Thru the Nasher to Pay Homage to Our Downtown History

This April we’re celebrating Architecture Month with AIA. Every Wednesday and Friday I’ll be introducing you to a guest blogger who will tell us all about whats happening in the Dallas architecture world. Today we’re chatting with Greg Brown, the program director of the Dallas Center for Architecture, about Dallas’ car culture and how a new exhibit at the Nasher relates to architecture. 

Ross Avenue has long been a thoroughfare important to Dallas and its downtown. Beginning in the 1890’s, it was our “Silk Stocking District,” THE place for merchants, doctors, lawyers, and a certain newspaper publisher named Belo to live.  With the advent of the automobile, it became “Automobile Row,” lined with car dealerships and service stations. Today, it remains a busy boulevard through the heart of downtown.

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Party Pics: Thrift Studio’s Opening Night

The opening night at Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio was filled with pretty spaces, pretty people, a lot of excitement in the air, and our faithful D Home paparazzi, Matthew Shelley. He was there snapping pics of it all, which we have now organized into a gallery for your perusal and enjoyment.

Thus far, Thrift Studio has been a smashing success — so much so, that when Jessica and I stopped by to check out the vignettes the next day, almost all the items were sold! But don’t worry, they’ll be replenishing the supplies every day.

If you missed out on how the vignettes looked opening night, you can see them here.

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Architecture 360: Explore What Makes Dallas’ Buildings Cool

“Cool Spaces! : The Best New Architecture” is a new television series currently airing on public television.  Each hour-long episode profiles the most provocative and innovative public space architecture in the U.S. and is organized around a central theme — such as performance spaces or art spaces. Tonight, the Dallas Center for Architecture (DCFA) will host a screening of the premiere episode, one which highlights performance spaces and features our very own HKS-designed AT&T Stadium.

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Take a Peek into the Thrift Studio

Haven’t had a chance to stop by Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio yet? That’s okay, we did it for you. While the majority of the items in these vignettes are already sold out, don’t fret — they’ll be replenishing the goods on a daily basis. Stop by for the rest of the month to pick up some stylish furnishings, all while benefitting a good cause.

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From the Pages of D Home: Chest King

David Sutherland loved the cabinet on sight. The showroom owner first laid eyes on it in an issue of Objekt International. Crafted by artists Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job, the piece is inspired by the robber barons of the 19th century — despots, oligarchs, and financiers. Sutherland bought it at the Carpenters Workshop in London and transported it home “very carefully by air freight to Miami and then by truck to Dallas,” he says. Sutherland notes that the stories of war and industry are cast in bronze in panels on all sides. “The ‘shotgun’ hole through the center is, in a way, laying low the greed and avarice so evident in the details,” he says.

Here’s some stats on the chest:

  • The piece is cast in all bronze and finished in 24-karat gold.
  • The artists made five pieces for sale and two artist proofs. This piece is the first artist proof.
  • It was designed and executed by Studio Job, which is two artists — Belgium-born Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel from the Netherlands.
  • It weighs approximately 2,000 pounds (roughly the weight of a full-grown hippo or elephant).
  • “I’ll store tequila in it,” David Sutherland says.
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At Home with Tracy Martin Taylor: Finding the Perfect Piece of Art

Oh art, how do I choose thee?

Spring is a big season for art in our mighty metropolis. We’ve had The Deep Ellum Arts Festival, the Main Street Arts Festival in Fort Worth, and more on the way. The Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala was just as fabulous as expected, mostly because of the incredible pieces showcased. While wandering through the areas, it was interesting to observe other’s reactions to the show and the pieces on display.

Clients are always telling me “I want a really cool piece of art right there, but I don’t know what to get.” There’s the conundrum. Which piece is really cool and which piece isn’t? Fortunately, I have the 5 rules of what makes a great piece of art. Just kidding.

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Architecture 360: The Making of RTKL’s Retrospect Exhibit

This April we’re celebrating Architecture Month with AIA. Every Wednesday and Friday I’ll be introducing you to a guest blogger who will tell us all about whats happening in the Dallas architecture world. On this lovely Friday we’ve got Clemente Jaquez-Herrera, a designer at RTKL Associates, talking about AIA Dallas’ Retrospect event. 

As designers and architects, it is essential that we consider the significance of the decisions we make in our work. Through AIA Dallas’ Retrospect event, we were given the opportunity to make a social and environmental impact. Our idea for RTKL’s 2014 Retrospect exhibit is to show the connection between architecture and people, the theme for this year’s event, by raising awareness about the use of recyclable materials. We designed an installation of interconnected cardboard modules that create spaces for graphics and live plants. The biodegradable modules could easily be disassembled and then recycled.

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