Santiago Calatrava. Did it ever occur to you to take him home to meet your mom? He's not supposed to be your wife. Be fair about this. This is a unique call to action for Dallas. We are in a position to defend the famous Spanish architect from terribly unfair and hypocritical global attack. The Ne ... More >>
Wouldn't want you to miss a very interesting letter to the editor in today's Dallas Morning News from architect/civic activist Bill Booziotis about a recent review by Mark Lamster of the star-crossed arts district condo building called "Museum Tower." (Hey, do me a favor. Get a sandwich, a cold ... More >>
Reunion Tower will finally be reopening "soon," with a slew of renovations planned to make it bigger and glossier. Judy Pesek, a partner at the design firm responsible for the project, laid out the planned renovations to a crowd gathered on the tower's observation deck. The renovations will include ... More >>
Let's build a road on the river, not a wall.
A lot of things have changed in Dallas in the past 40 years -- just look at the skyline or Uptown or the exploding suburbs -- but not everything. I was reminded of that this morning by the city's Facebook page. There, spokesman Frank Librio posted a brief history of the emblem you see above. "I ma ... More >>
I don't want to suggest that my wife is a sharp stick in the eye, but from time to time she does like to "point things out." To me. So this morning when I reached for the place on the bedstead where I had neatly and carefully laid out my trousers for the day, what should I find but a copy of the ... More >>
This is the job posting. Tell your friends. But only the good ones. The Dallas Observer has an immediate opening for an experienced editorial art director. The art director is responsible for the overall design quality and integrity of the publication. He/she must be able to conceptualize and produ ... More >>
Tina TyrellNew St. Vincent press photos day! Yay!Back in early June, we passed along the word that Dallas native Annie Clark, known to most by her stage name of St. Vincent, had set a September 13 release date for her highly anticipated third LP, the locally recorded, John Congleton-produced Stra ... More >>
If you thought they'd forgotten to build this behind Dallas City Hall, you'd be wrong.It's been an awful long time since last we wrote about John Greenan and Brent Brown's plans to build that green, sustainable building of tomorrow directly behind Dallas City Hall. But a few days ago, a piece wri ... More >>
DJ Sober does it again.
Federal Judiciary CenterSome facts about the post office and court house: "Completed in 1930. Supervising Architect: James A. Wetmore."High on the top of my list of favorite downtown buildings is the old U.S. Post Office and Courthouse at 400 N. Ervay. But the building, built in '30, has gone unu ... More >>
It's a fairly simple design. But, more than that, it's a great cause.
Via BuzzfeedThe brilliant inspiration. Of all the Internet jokes on all the sites around the world, typography and font puns really, truly have to be some of the geekiest. And that's why when we came across Buzzfeed's list of font and typography puns -- specifically this attached "I shot the seri ... More >>
We've said it once, we've said it a thousand times: You don't need a re-appropriated image to make a show poster that sings.
Maybe I'm still high on the release of the new TRON Legacy trailer earlier this week, but our Poster Of The Week definitely conjures images of Light Cycles and Recognizers in my head.
No winner this week. Sorry, folks.I just got word from POTW Captain and Observer art director Alex Flores that this week's submissions were rather... um, how can I put this lightly... meager. So, instead of simply picking a poster for the sake of announcing a winner, we're gonna simply gonna pull ... More >>
Brandon ThibodeauxBrent BrownCouple of weeks back we debuted the Dallas Urban Design Studio, a Trinity Trust-funded endeavor that'll get its own office in Dallas City Hall in order to "elevate the design consciousness and culture of Dallas, while working to balance social, economic, environmental ... More >>
A month ago today we told you about The Trinity Trust's "Suspense is Building" campaign, which is intended to get the locals hot and bothered for the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in advance of Santiago Calatrava's $150-a-ticket victory toddle on September 25. I finally saw one of the billboards this ... More >>
Larry BeasleySpeaking of the Trinity River Corridor Project ... When last we saw Larry Beasley, "the man who built Vancouver," he was among a handful of urban planners imported to teach the Dallas City Council a thing or three during a daylong gab session at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in ... More >>
From The Trinity Trust's brand-new Web site devoted to selling Dallas on the Calatrava BridgeAs promised, The Trinity Trust today debuted its new campaign to build interest in the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, and there's an accompanying Web site: Discover the Trinity. You'll also find a second, jaz ... More >>
Over in Marshall, a Fort Worth woman named Donna West has taken cross-dressing franchise Tyler Perry to federal court, claiming that Perry used her 1991 play Fantasy of a Black Woman as the basis for his 2005 movie Diary of a Mad Black Woman. West actually filed the suit in May 2007, but the trial's ... More >>
Courtesy Justin Cozart Yesterday, I came across a Flickr page maintained by Justin Cozart, who's been uploading in recent days photos of a Dallas that no longer exists -- as you can tell by the photo of the Baker Hotel above, taken as it was being imploded in June 1980. But not all of Cozart's ph ... More >>
In T3's Popcorn, salty satire; D-FW critics pepper actors with awards
It's overpriced, it's gaudy and we have to put it on a credit card. Yep, that Calatrava bridge says Dallas all over.
The architect Renzo Piano makes high design for our local culture of kitsch
A son goes looking for his late father and finds some buildings
Neighbors in Southeast Dallas find that getting their parks fixed is no picnic
The creator of iconographic '60s art is now an icon himself
Vary founders Mica England and Ceslie Armstrong are wanted women. Literally.
DTC's Arms and the Man resurrects the comic genius of George Bernard Shaw
Theater Critics Forum ponders the year's best performances--and Dallas' diminishing stage scene
Grapevine Lake project takes aim at the automobile