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Architectural historian Robert Bruegmann to headline UT Arlington's Second Annual David Dillon Symposium

Thursday, April 4, 2013

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Chicago architecture historian and critic Robert Bruegmann, a provocative figure in urban design, headlines UT Arlington’s Second Annual David Dillon Symposium scheduled April 18-19 in Dallas.

Proceeds benefit the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, which was established in 2012 as an initiative of the UT Arlington School of Architecture to honor the legacy of the longtime architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News. Symposium sponsors include the Dallas Architecture Forum, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Center for Architecture and Nasher Sculpture Center.

Bruegmann is author of the 2006 book “Sprawl, A Compact History” and is a contrarian of note in the architecture world. A professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he argues that sprawl is a market-driven phenomenon with a long and rich history dating to the Roman Empire.

Don Gatzke, dean of the UT Arlington School of Architecture, said the symposium provides a form for the discussion of important, difficult ideas like the ones Bruegmann offers, ideas that might counter the conventional wisdom and expand the understanding of complex issues.

“Most in the development, design and architecture sectors see sprawl as something of a dirty word,” Gatzke said. “Bruegmann is provocative and controversial. I’m sure we’ll have great debate.”

Bruegmann is to speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Magnolia Theater, 3699 McKinney Ave., in Dallas. The symposium continues from 11:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., in Dallas with a reception with speakers following at 5 p.m. at the Dallas Center for Architecture.

The symposium will bring in additional experts in urbanism, technology and social media, including Philadelphia-based Diana Lind, executive editor of the innovative longform journalism site Next City. Andrew Blum, the author of the recent Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet will speak about the ways the Internet shapes and responds to city form. A book signing will take place during the symposium.

Visit to register to attend the symposium. Admission fees range from $5 to $40 for parts or all of the symposium.

The Dillon Center supports the research of faculty and students as they investigate how the region and its architecture have evolved. It also promotes public dialogue about architecture and urbanism in North Texas and beyond.

Dillon’s family has donated his meticulous notes, manuscripts and recorded interviews about Texas architecture and architectural journalism itself to UT Arlington. He died in 2010.

Kate Holliday, an architectural historian and director of the David Dillon Center, said early sessions scheduled Friday focus on the urban landscape in Dallas and Fort Worth. The afternoon session will focus on the information infrastructure and digital connectivity in the built environment, she said.

About the David Dillon Symposium

When: April 18-19, 2013

Where: Magnolia Theater and Nasher Sculpture Center in downtown Dallas

Who: The symposium is open to the public, but attendees must pay nominal registration fees. Details are available online at by calling 817-272-2313.

About The University of Texas at Arlington and the School of Architecture

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 33,800 students and 2,200 faculty members in the heart of North Texas and the second largest member of The University of Texas System. Visit to learn more.

The UT Arlington School of Architecture offers professionally accredited and internationally recognized degrees in ArchitectureInterior Design and Landscape Architecture.


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