Current Exhibitions

Now On Display

In partnership with UT Arlington CAPPA and bcWORKSHOP

In 2018 Dallas’ first Comprehensive Housing Policy (CHP) identified the city had a housing shortage of 20,000 units. The recently published Comprehensive Housing Policy Racial Equity Assessment, intended to address the barriers Black and Brown Dallasites face in finding affordable housing, identified that the CHP has “No vision or strategies for how to reach either the high level goals or the production targets.” Where will these 20,000 units of housing go, and how will they help address the deep inequity that exists in neighborhoods across Dallas? Meanwhile, low-income communities of color are being displaced from culturally historic neighborhoods while high opportunity areas have little to no available land for new development.

This exhibit presents student work developed as part of a design studio partnership between buildingcommunityWORKSHOP and Professors Dennis Chiessa and Julia Lindgren of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, and posits solutions to the questions above. The hypothesis for this work is that increasing density in existing single-family neighborhoods while maintaining contextually specific form offers an opportunity to expand affordable housing options without disrupting the existing fabric of place. Over the summer and fall of 2021, students explored Dallas neighborhoods and developed proposals for medium density housing with the input of neighborhood residents. Iterative designs include infill multi-family housing, accessory dwelling units (ADUs), mixed use structures, and co-living housing models.

AD EXchange: Sneaky Density

Join UTA CAPPA and AD EX for an exhibition and gallery talk exploring affordable, medium density housing.

Wednesday, April 20

6:00-6:15 Networking
6:15-7:00 Presentations and Q&A
7:00-7:30 Gallery Show

Join the AD EX for an exhibition and gallery talk as students present work developed as part of a design studio partnership between buildingcommunityWORKSHOP and the University of Texas at Arlington College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA).

See our faces. Hear our voices. Feel our impact.

The exhibition features projects by the diverse design professionals, as well as quotes and video interviews on their experiences in the architecture and design professions. The concept of this exhibit is “To see our faces, hear our voices, feel our impact within the colorful tapestry of our heritage.” SAY IT LOUD is the activation of a national movement of sharing, protecting and celebrating the journey of the underrepresented to inspire the next generation. SAY IT LOUD engages diverse audiences through programming organized at the time of exhibition to elevate the identities and contributions of minority architects and designers with, curated lectures, and documentaries that testify to the provided value of their built work and its spatial impact.

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