UTA Graduate Design Studio wins 72 Hour Build a Better Boulevard Challenge
June 30, 2011
Students from the University of Texas at Arlington's School of Architecture participated in a project designed to demonstrate the beauty and functionality design possibilities of a complete street.
Assistant Professor Wanda Dye's Graduate Design Studio was charged with creating a pocket park on a vacant lot at Ross Avenue and Pavillion Street. This included coordinating with food vendors, organizations, and volunteers in creating an urban layout for the lot as well as designing and building 35 benches/tables and a 50'x60' shade structure all out of reclaimed material.
The "Better Block" project is a demonstration tool that temporarily revisions an area to show the potential to create a great walkable, vibrant neighborhood center. The project acts as a living charrette so that communities can actively engage in the "complete streets" buildout process and develop pop-up businesses to show the potential for revitalized economic activity in an area. Better Blocks are now being performed throughout the country, and have helped cities rapidly implement infrastructure and policy changes.
The "Better Block" project in Dallas is partnering with the City of Dallas' Complete Street Initiative, Downtown Dallas Inc and the Dallas Arts Distirct. For more information, including videos and more photographs, visit betterblock.org.