Financial Times on the Good, the Bad and the "Omnivorous" Dallas Architecture

Dallas City Hall
Dallas City Hall

Woke up this morning all prepared to direct your attention to Monday's Transportation and Environment Committee briefing involving neighborhood farmers markets, in which the key city-staff recommendation reads, "Neighborhood Farmers Markets may operate 24 non-consecutive market days per year between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m." Seems ... low, let's say. Let's revisit this Monday morning? Heading to the downtown farmers market this morning. I'll ask around.

But, hey, speaking of downtown: Financial Times architecture critic Edwin Heathcote -- who, with that name, let's face it, was bound to become the Financial Times's architecture critic -- visited our fair city and was struck by the fact that "Dallas contains, surprisingly, almost astonishingly in fact, one of the finest concentrations of modern architecture in the world."

A few observations: The Winspear Opera House is all "corporate luxury"; the West End is full of "oddly deserted streets"; the downtown one-two punch of Philip Johnson's Kennedy memorial and John Neely Bryan's "cabin" make for "a strange, bleak kind of centre." And he loathes I.M. Pei's City Hall: "Looking like the back-end of a stadium combined with the ferociously forbidding aesthetic of Washington DC's FBI Building, this is civic architecture that hates the idea of the city."

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