Glad we attended the "DIA end of year meet up at the DEC to celebrate the holiday season and a great year of working towards making Dallas a Smart City"
Fantastic to hear partners speaking about so many fantastic things that are going on in Dallas from an urban planning and interconnectivity stand point. Hopefully these initiatives and projects will bring about change in areas that Dallas lack's strength with in comparison to other cities I have lived in or visited. Dallas also in comparison to the latter does have some great strength as a city, community, business center and destination that are to be celebrated and gladly shared.
Exciting to discover some of the issues that I ponder often (albeit as a newbie Dallasite- three years to this day) are being considered as part of the Smart project. I have been amazed that there is not as much recycling initiatives taking place currently by the city. I had grown used to it being mandatory in my household living in Scotland, and also 14 years ago living in New York. Also having visited many times to see family here over the past 20 years, I was always very surprised how empty the sidewalks of Downtown Dallas were - I know that has been changing over time and will continue as better infrastructure is implemented.
My recent investigation in developing a new body of work titled "What connects us, divides us” simply came about from taking a walk from my apartment in downtown Main Street to Deep Ellum for a slice of life and pizza. I would certainly not have felt safe making the 15-20 minute walk by myself under the overpass of freeways. This is sad as so much could be done at relatively low cost that would make so much more economic gain to the city and quality of life of it's citizens and visitors.
I will look forward to and follow this fantastic project.
Fellow Dallasites -get involved, take the survey here
Tonight featured good work being done by organizations including:
* Better Block
* Dallas Entrepreneur Center
* Dallas Regional Chamber
* Downtown Dallas Inc.
* Earth Day Texas
* Trust for Public Land
I've managed to purchase some old maps of the DWF area and have been researching old images of Dallas downtown and snapping new ones. Part of my process and methodology traditionally begins with photography and maps, maybe my line of inquiry will help me connect with DFW more?
I've been to some public meetings regarding the Downtown DART (train) line and have really taken an interest supporting the group campaigning to have the new line built subterranean versus cutting the city up further, constructing it overground. I guess my starting point in words has culminated in 'what brings us together divides us' (in a physical sense related to the freeways connecting DFW/but also cutting off areas of downtown from each other).
Making lots mind maps and sketches - think I feel the most inspired I have felt since moving to the states to make new work. I'm so glad the city council has voted to ensure the DART through downtown will be underground. #CanYouDigit
Just moved to downtown Dallas in August, the energy for me is so much better than I felt living in Uptown Dallas. I finally feel more inspired to create a new body of concept work. It's always a challenge being a creative, balancing the demands of the day job with your passions and wants to create more selfishly - honestly finding the energy for me is the real struggle. I really love the diverse culture, walkability and dynamic of downtown - it's raw and real.
Since moving back across the pond in 2014 I've been establishing myself in my new surroundings. Built a new web-site and have so far got involved in one pop-up design fair. My employed work keeps me pretty busy but I am planning on developing a new body of work which I hope to exhibit in 2017, I took down my .co.uk and I will weed out the best from my U.K. word press blog and add it to archive here soon....More to follow.........