I’m sure it’s a lovely place and all, but when I think of major, eco-progressive American cities, Dallas
, Texas, usually doesn’t come to mind. Like many of my MTV Generation peers who have never spent a substantial amount of time in Dallas, I usually associate the city with two things: cheerleaders, capitalism and the Ewing family. In fact, as I write this I have the Dallas
theme running through my head, not visions of green.
Every so often, I like to be proven wrong and my misconception that Dallas doesn’t have a whole lot of green to offer is a great example of me being off-track and finding the truth to be quite easy to swallow. Turns out, Dallas is indeed invested
in the green movement and the city’s partnership with San Francisco-based Urban Re:Vision
to build America’s first completely green city block
) in a downtown Dallas parking lot smack dab across from city hall is the proof in the pudding.
The Re:Vision Dallas project’s high visibility location was announced this past December but just recently three winning finalists
emerged from an extensive, international design competition
. Which one of the three proposed designs will be chosen? Ultimately, it’s up to the Central Dallas Community Development Center to choose the one that’s actually constructed. Take a look at each one below.
, Charlotte, N.C.)
Use: Mixed residential/retail; 500 residential units.
Eco features: Vertical farm, rooftop livestock pasture, slow food restaurant, organic farming institute, green roofs, photovoltaic panels, glass ponds for rainwater collection.
Use: Residential; 854-resident capacity.
Eco features: Prefab straw bale construction; rooftop solar thermal, photovoltaic, and wind power generation; public greenhouses, lush vegetation.
Use: Mixed residential/retail.
Eco features: Vertical farms, community gardens, solar thermal and photovoltaic energy, rainwater collection.
Have a personal favorite? All sound amazing to me but going from looks alone, I'm quite impressed with the Texas Hill Country-inspired "Forwarding Dallas." I'm not sure when the final design will be chosen/announced (construction is projected to begin next year) but like all things Dallas, expect a cliffhanger ending.