Can Dallas turn a complex of starchitect buildings into a vibrant urban district?

### architectmagazine.com January 20, 2010
Architect: Design
Enough Arts; More District
By Cathy Lang Ho
Dallas seeks to create a vibrant urban neighbourhood out of a slew of starchitect buildings. It’s not the first city to pin its hopes for a shot of urban adrenaline on dazzling new cultural buildings, but it’s among the more ambitious.

The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House by Foster + Partners, the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre by REX/OMA, and the Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park by landscape architect Michel Desvigne are the latest additions to the downtown arts district, a 68-acre area that already includes structures designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, I. M. Pei, Renzo Piano, and Brad Cloepfil.

The newly completed projects—along with an outdoor amphitheatre by Foster and another theatre by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, slated for completion in 2010 and 2011, respectively—constitute the AT&T Performing Arts Centre, the largest and most costly performing arts complex built in the United States since Lincoln Centre, which, of course, grandfathered the trend of arts districts doubling as urban development tools.
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