The inaugural David Dillon Symposium was held April 26 and 27, 2012 at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. Paul Goldberger of Vanity Fair provided the keynote address on Thursday evening, beginning with a spirited reading of David Dillon’s review of Philip Johnson’s “The Crescent” in Dallas, originally published in the Dallas Morning News in 1986.
The following day, 8 arts, design, and architecture writers discussed the changing role of criticism today, as media platforms shift from traditional print models to distributed, democratized online sources. Where do we go to read about architecture? And where, especially, can we find local voices who interpret and critique our built environment? What is the future for criticism?
Speakers included (in order of presentation):
Session 1: Stephen Fox (Anchorage Foundation), Benjamin Lima (University of Texas Arlington), Scott Cantrell (Dallas Morning News)
Session 2: Thomas Fisher (University of Minnesota), Alexandra Lange (Design Observer), Christopher Hawthorne (Los Angeles Times), Stephen Sharpe (Texas Build Smart), Paul Goldberger (Vanity Fair)
Second Annual David Dillon Symposium, April 18-19, 2013
Making Connections: The Networked City
In his classic 1937 essay “What Is a City?” Lewis Mumford proposed a deceptively simple definition: “the city is above all else a theater of social action.” Cities make connections between people, places, and ideas, and it is those connections that make a vital, thriving place. But how do we make those connections? How does design, from buildings to roads to the wires of our telecommunications network, help create that “theater of social action”? Is the vast landscape of the 21st century city, with its dependence on digital technology, fundamentally different than the cities of the past? At the Second Annual David Dillon Symposium, attendees discussed these questions and more as they explored the nature of today’s networked city.
Keynote address - Thursday, April 18
Symposium - Friday, April 19
Morning session: Thinking about DFW
Paula Lupkin, assistant professor, Department of Art History, University of North Texas
Kathryn Holliday, assistant professor and director, David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, University of Texas at Arlington
Afternoon session: The Networked City
Jonathan Massey, associate professor at the School of Architecture, Syracuse University
Watch video of the afternoon session's panel discussion, moderated by Donald Gatzke, dean of the School of Architecture, University of Texas at Arlington.