The Connected City: Connecting Downtown Dallas to the Trinity River

Sponsor: Dallas CityDesign Studio, an office of the City of Dallas, in partnership with The Trinity Trust Foundation, Downtown Dallas, Inc. and The Real Estate Council Foundation

Type: Invited and “Open Stream” section (3 shortlisted firms already invited/open stream section for professionals and students with 4 finalists shortlisted)

Eligibility: Architects, landscape architects, urban planners

Fee: none

Language: English

Professional teams selected: OMA*AMO New York, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura of Barcelona, and Stoss Landscape Urbanism of Boston with SHoP of New York. (Each team will receive $50,000 for their submission)


Open stream finalists (4) will receive $5,000 each

24 July 2013 – Public Symposium with Professional Teams
19 Sept 2013 – Professional stream design proposals due
3 Oct 2013 – Open stream design proposals due
17 Oct 2013 – Opening of the Challenge Exhibition


  • Larry Beasley, Chair (Retired Chief Planner, Vancouver, BC)
  • Peter Bishop, Prof. of Urban Design, Bartlett School of Architecture, London
  • John Crawford, CEO, Downtown Dallas, Inc.
  • Allan Jacobs, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley and former San Francisco Director of Planning
  • Mary McDermott Cook, Trinity Trust Foundation
  • Linda McMahon, CEO, The Real Estate Council
  • Robert Meckfessel, FAIA, Chair of the City of Dallas Urban Design Peer Review Panel
  • Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Design Challenge

The Connected City Design Challenge is an open call for urban design strategies to connect Downtown Dallas and the Trinity River. The Trinity River Project is one of the most monumental public works and economic development projects ever attempted. The effort will realize one of the world’s largest urban parks with over 10,000 acres of land as public space. The Balanced Vision Plan was approved and endorsed by the Dallas City Council on December 8, 2003, as the master plan for the comprehensive development of the Trinity River Corridor. The plan includes the integration of flood control, transportation needs, recreational and aesthetic amenities, environmental preservation and functional design elements to ensure that the development represents the highest and best aspirations for the citizens of the community for generations to come.

Teams are urged to help reveal the untapped potential of this area through innovative and compelling design proposals. It is our belief that the complexity of factors converging in this part of our city are catalysts for compelling, innovative, and precedent setting design proposals. The Connected City Design Challenge will inspire new strategies for overcoming the voids often created by urban infrastructure. It is time for a clear vision and urban strategy to be developed to inspire a new future for this area of our city.

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