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      "Good Neighbors, Great Neighborhoods" Part 2: The Open-Ended City (2HSW) in Fort Worth

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      June 5, 2019

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      "Good Neighbors, Great Neighborhoods" Part 2: The Open-Ended City (2HSW)

      Design Talk and Panel Discussion “Good Neighbors, Great Neighborhoods” Part 2: The Open-Ended City: Why writing about neighborhoods and architecture matters UTA Architecture professor, Kathryn Holliday, PhD, will present The Open-Ended City, her new book that collects the essays of architecture critic David Dillon. Dillon was a passionate advocate for writing about architecture as a tool for public education and advocacy, empowering citizens to demand better design for their cities and neighborhoods. Join us for a brief presentation by Dr. Holliday followed by a panel discussion with members of the Fort Worth architecture and media community. Panelists: Greg Ibañez, FAIA, Ibañez-Shaw Architects James Russell, Fort Worth Weekly and Quorum Report Christina Patoski, journalist and Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association Book signing immediately after. Sponsored by AIA Fort Worth and Historic Fort Worth Amazon book description: In 1980, David Dillon launched his career as an architectural critic with a provocative article that asked “Why Is Dallas Architecture So Bad?” Over the next quarter century, he offered readers of the Dallas Morning News a vision of how good architecture and planning could improve quality of life, combatting the negative effects of urban sprawl, civic fragmentation, and rapacious real estate development typical in Texas cities. The Open-Ended City gathers more than sixty key articles that helped establish Dillon’s national reputation as a witty and acerbic critic, showing readers why architecture matters and how it can enrich their lives. Kathryn E. Holliday discusses how Dillon connected culture, commerce, history, and public life in ways that few columnists and reporters ever get the opportunity to do. The articles she includes touch on major themes that animated Dillon’s writing: downtown redevelopment, suburban sprawl, arts and culture, historic preservation, and the necessity of aesthetic quality in architecture as a baseline for thriving communities. While the specifics of these articles will resonate with those who care about Dallas, Fort Worth, and other Texas cities, they are also deeply relevant to all architects, urbanists, and citizens who engage in the public life and planning of cities. As a collection, The Open-Ended City persuasively demonstrates how a discerning critic helped to shape a landmark city by shaping the conversation about its architecture.

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