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Direction of Dallas?

Is wealth creation for low-income families thwarted by the city moving them to high-income North Dallas? Is a fashionable renter society of transients good for Dallas or does it subvert middle-income neighborhoods? Should middle-income neighborhoods, the lobby for good public schools, police and city services, be a priority or should they be allowed to continue to dwindle? Should affordable homes be built in South Dallas where low-income people now live or they should be built in North Dallas closer to jobs? Is it better for a low-income family to have higher income in North Dallas or a chance of wealth creation in South Dallas. The SMU/George W. Bush Institute conference on Policies To Promote Inclusive Urban Growth provoked these questions? Cullum Clark and Joel Kotkin pictured above, initiated the conference and invited speakers from across the country to discuss cities. You can see my summary of the thoughts and ideas that were generated at the conference on the Dallas Architecture Blog Direction of Dallas and Urban Growth: http://dallasarchitectureblog.com/2019/02/direction-of-dallas-determines-growth/
#GeorgeWBushInstitute @TheBuchCenter @SMUDallas @SMUCox #JoelKotkin #Cities #InclusiveGrowth #UrbanGrowth #UrbanEconomics #Dallas #CityConference #DallasDirection

Katy Trail Kitchen

A kitchen might almost seem superfluous in a house next to the Katy Trail that leads to many of the best chef-owned restaurants in Dallas. A Max Levy kitchen and breakfast room framed by the nature of the Katy Trail does entice one to stay home. This Northern Heights modern home built in 2012 adds to the collection of architecturally significant homes in Northern Heights.
#Max Levy #NorthernHeights #DallasNeighborhood, #CityNeighborhood #CityHouse #Kitchen #BreakfastRoom #Modern #Architect #Architecture #Design #Modern #Contemporary #Dallas

Lifted Living Spaces

Architect Max Levy designed a linear progression of rooms to give each one views of trees and dense foliage. Proceeding through the floor plan culminates in a screen porch on the second floor. The open and screen porches found in many of Max Levy designed homes, I often think of as the Holy Grail of Max Levy architecture.
#LivingSpaces #KatyTrail #MaxLevy #Architect #NorthernHeights #ModernHome #CityHouse #Architecture #DallasNeighborhood #Contemporary #Modern #Design #InteriorDesign #Dallas
#PathToTrinityGroves

Trail House

Swaddled by the Katy Trail foliage on one side and an allée of trees on the other side, Max Levy designed this home in 2012 to be immersed in urban nature. Lifting the principal living spaces to the second floor allows the homeowner to look over the trail with a view filtered by the treetops. Northern Heights is the first neighborhood where architects designed award-winning attached single family modern homes. This Max Levy designed single family modern home solidifies the architectural importance and modernity of Northern Heights.
#MaxLevy #CityHouse #KatyTrail #Dallas #NorthernHeights #Architect #Architecture #DallasNeighborhood #Contemporary #Modern #Design #architecturallysignificant #modernhome #pathtotrinitygroves

Rooftop Prairie

Architect Max Levy has always been fascinated and attracted to the endless open spaces of the Texas prairie. This penthouse is in such an interesting location. It is right in the heart of a vibrant urban neighborhood of restaurants, bars, galleries, offices, and apartments, but just far enough from the dense cluster of downtown high-rises to create a visual plateau that extends from the extraordinarily deep and wide terraces of The Centrum. The rooftop is planted with prairie grasses which further creates the illusion of endless uninterrupted space looking into the horizon.
#TexasPrairie #PrairieGrass #MaxLevy #ModernHighRise #Penthouse #Terrace #Downtown #TheCentrumDallas #DallasNeighborhood #Contemporary #Modern #Architect #Architecture #Dallas #modernhome #skyline

Connecting Sky

Max Levy connected the sky with an arced blue plaster ceiling of this Dallas penthouse. Max Levy also in 2010 connected a tired building from the 1980’s, often ignored, to the imagination of those in Dallas. The merits and desirability of the building with its massive terraces and balconies was rediscovered when the penthouse of The Centrum became an architecturally significant residence surrounded by a vibrant downtown neighborhood.
#TheCentrumDallas #MaxLevy #Penthouse #ModernHome #ContemporaryResidence #Design #Interior #ModernInterior #Downtown #DowntownDallas #Architect #Architecture #DallasNeighborhood #Dallas

Little Mexico 1960’s Water Source

Priscilla Escobedo, archivist at the Dallas library, presented at the Legacies Dallas History Conference in the Hall of State, a talk on how water was delivered first by mule-drawn water wagons and then by water trucks to Little Mexico well into the 1960s. This was not just drinking water—this was water for all household needs as there was no indoor plumbing. Even those with backyard wells risked being contaminated by the outhouses next to them. Priscilla Escobedo has done incredible research on these neighborhoods where little published information exists except for Sanborn fire maps showing water sources from creeks in Dallas. She was very cute when she said to an audience predominantly born in the 1940s and 1950s that she did not know how many of the audience might have been born by the 1960s but the 1960s was not that long ago. She made the point we had put a man on the moon by the 1960s when Little Mexico and parts of West Dallas had no piped-in municipal water.
#LittleMexico #WestDallas #Dallas #History #HistoryConference #LegaciesDallas #PriscillaEscobedo #DallasPublicLibrary #FairPark #HallOfState #City #WaterTrucks #WaterWagons #1960s

Wrightian Concept Max Accentuation

Interest continues to grow in the northwest Dallas 1950’s neighborhoods. Architect Max Levy contributed to this surge in renovation and new modern homes in this neighborhood when he renovated and extended this vaguely Wrightian styled home originally built in 1955. For an older neighborhood to gain traction, with a new audience of homeowners, it is important that renovation and new construction makes a positive impact on the neighborhood. Max Levy did that in two ways with this home. Aesthetically, the home, unlike the homes around it, is still a good neighbor with its surrounding homes. The home also conveys architectural significance, a home of importance creating confidence in the neighborhood. Max Levy accentuated and enhanced the Wrightian concept of the home to become a Max Levy designed home.
#Modern #MaxLevy #Renovation #1950s #MidCentury #MidCenturyModern #Wrightian #ModernHome #Architect #Architecture #Dallas #CityHouse #DallasNeighborhood

Architects of Dallas Wards

Legacies History Conference at Dallas Hall of State concluded with the architects of 14-1 City Council configuration. Diane Ragsdale recalled thousands who protested Queen Elizabeth and Mayor Strauss arriving for dinner. Marvin Crenshaw, a plaintiff that sued the City for more minority representatives, had the most insightful commentary, using Mayor Starke Taylor as an example of why it was essential to keep City elections in May. He said Mayor Taylor was a Republican and had different positions, but they could come to an agreement on issues as he was not beholden to the Republican Party. National politics did not prevent accomplishments in Dallas. The panel’s overriding theme of 14-1 was not about minority participation. It was about electing low income representatives. Chris Luna quoted Al Lipscomb, “Might be my color but is not my kind,” a sentiment reiterated by rest of panel. When it was pointed out that minorities were elected in majority white at-large districts and never in majority white single-member districts, the panel said that didn’t matter. Minorities elected in at-large districts were supported by rich white people. Afterwards I had a nice conversation with Diane Ragsdale, telling her I agreed that protests can be effective and more political participation is better. I thanked her that she and City Councilperson Al Lipscomb were always available to meet with me and others even though not in their district. One downside of 14-1is that the City Council seldom meets with anyone outside of their district or who does not publicly support them. This panel provided sentimental memories of a messy political time in Dallas that also included more participation with the City Council and Dallas residents.
#LegaciesDallas #HallOfState #14-1 #DianeRagsdale #MarvinCrenshaw #DallasPolitics #MayElections #Dallas

Courtyard and Skylights

Max Levy designed in 1997 an architectural front façade of windowless boxes that inside becomes a sunlit house with walls of windows wrapping around a courtyard and a central deep and wide skylight sheathed in trellises diffusing light throughout the home. Sunlight and simplicity create a cheerful and tranquil mood that one has trouble leaving. This architecturally significant home makes one think about architecture in a new way.
#Skylight #Trellis #Courtyard #ArchitecturallySignificant #Architect #Architecture #MaxLevy #Interior #ModernInterior #InteriorDesign #ModernHome #BentTree #Dallas

Home Frames Sunlight

On a flat, featureless, North Dallas lot, this Max Levy 1997 designed geometric home is also almost flat and featureless. Blocks of rectangular shapes without windows make up the front façade. A first glance at the home turns into a riveting stare at the sunlit leaves that protrude from a section of the home. This is another Max play with sunlight that we will see in the next post tomorrow. The box trellis emerging from the roof suggests one pathway for the sunlight of this sunlit house.
#Sunlit #MaxLevy #Sunlight #Architect #Architecture #Design #Contemporary #ModernHome #BentTree #Dallas #cityhouse #modern

Interior Shares Exterior

When the interior and exterior materials of the home are the same, the home is melded into the site and beautifully blended into the landscape. Views to the outside rooms reveal the same materials as the interior rooms. The distinction of the interior and exterior of the home is subliminally blurred. The precisely finished interior exudes modernity while the materials convey nature.
#Fir #Interior #InteriorDesign #Modern #Design #ModernHome #MaxLevy #Dallas #DallasNeighborhood #Contemporary #Architect #Architecture #bluffview #design

Rainwater Cascades to Pond

Here’s another example of a Max Levy, elegant, modern detail. Juxtaposed with a home effortlessly blending into its site, we see sleek engineering that visually delights as we watch water conveyed from the roof to the terrace to the pond. Simple in its function, it is elaborate in its effect. Architectural poetry punctuates the architectural narrative of this modern home.
#Basin #Rainwater #Modern #Design #ModernHome #MaxLevy #Dallas #DallasNeighborhood #Contemporary #ArchitecturalPoetry #Architect #Architecture

Burnished Concrete and Fir

A quarry pond sets the tone for this home overlooking it. Architect Max Levy designed this home in 1997. The burnished concrete and fir blend into the site, further tying the house to the pond, rainwater is collected from the roof, channeled to a basin on the breezeway entry terrace, which then cascades down a runnel to the pond. This modern home built at the end of the 20th century launched the proliferation of good modern homes in this Devonshire neighborhood.
#MaxLevy #Devonshire #Modern #Architect #Architecture #Contemporary #BurnishedConcrete #Fir #Design #Rainwater #Terrace #QuarryPond #DallasNeighborhood #CityHouse #ModernHome

Roger Winter Returns

Roger Winter, one of the last of the Texas art legends that began receiving Texas and national attention in the 1960’s, returned to Dallas from New York for an opening he was in and curated at the Kirk Hopper Gallery. Roger Winter is seen here standing in front of a painting he did in 1969 that includes a portrait of him in the upper corner. This fabulous work is owned by Quin Mathews who has a great eye for art and a brilliant way of expressing art. This show included work of the late David McManaway and his protégé Robin Ragin along with other friends and contemporaries of Roger Winter. This art exhibition and Roger Winter’s return makes one long for a Texas art museum in Dallas.
#RogerWinter @KirkHopperFineArt #KirkHopperFineArt #DallasArt #TexasArt #60sArt #Gallery #Art #DeepEllum #Dallas #Artist #SelfPortrait #Painting #ArtExhibition #GalleryOpening #Portrait

Texas Art Legends

A montage of young Texas artists, now legends, was included in the show at Kirk Hopper Gallery exhibiting the works of Roger Winter, David McManaway, and other Texas legends, along with David McManaway’s protégé Robin Ragin. This montage of artists promoted a 1971 group show at SMU. It is fun to see David McManaway, (pictured in foreground) Roger Winter, Jim Love, Roy Fridge, Bill Komodore, Hal Pauley, and Herb Rogalla pictured here when they were young, good friends, and successful emerging artists. I recall watching them interact and personally influencing each other as well as their work influenced each other. Their work and reputation continued to grow over the years as they were collected by major museums and patrons. Word is patron and muse Solange is coming to town Saturday to visit gallery. This show It is a good reminder we need a Texas art museum in Dallas celebrating the different eras of Texas artists. Maybe Rick Brettell and Claude Albritton can create a Texas art museum in Fair Park? Dallas becomes a more international art city when it first understands its own history of art and artists.
#DavidMcManaway #RogerWinter #BillKomodore #JimLove #RoyFridge #DallasArtists #TexasArtists #KirkHopperGallery #70sArtists #DMA #ArtOpening #Dallas #DeepEllum #City #TremontArtists

Elevated Design

The rear terrace of this Max Levy 1997 designed home is ceremonial and modern. Driveways thread through a line of trees. A series of elevated roofs lifted over the terrace brings one’s attention to the sun and shields the home’s interior and exterior living spaces from the harsh sun. This home also pushed architecturally significant modern design into the Dallas suburbs.
#MaxLevy #Modern #Dallas #DallasArchitecture #Architecture #Architect #Design #ModernHome #Dallas #Addison #Terrace #Porch #Contemporary

Porte Cochere Shares Rainwater

Some of the homes Max Levy designs, like this modern home built in 1997, can appear simple even spare. However, like all the homes Max Levy designs, a finer look reveals subtle details that are elegant and almost mischievous. Here, besides the rainwater behind captured, one’s imagination is captured as the rainwater is captured, and directed from the porte-cochere to a stand of horsetail reed.
#Porte-cochere #HorsetailReed #Modern #Design #Dallas #Architecture #Architect #DallasArchitecture #MaxLevy #Contemporary #ModernHome

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