Sketching Kaleidoscope: Viewing Dallas Through a Different Lens is a collaboration of the Architecture and Design Exchange, AIA Dallas, and NOMA DFW to explore the diverse historical narratives and patterns that are revealed through the buildings we pass by every day.
The Sketching Kaleidoscope series sought to rethink the destinations we visited within the city to tell their history.
Over the course of four months, meetups were held at four locations and centered around four themes: the Virginia McAlester Residence (March, Women’s History), Trinity River Audubon Center (April, Environmental Justice), Anita Martinez Recreation Center (May, Hispanic Heritage), and the Eloise Lundy Recreation Center (June, Juneteenth).
Each location we visited was connected to people or events that shaped the physical development of Dallas in underserved and minority communities.
These themes included the fights for:
- Preserving our historic structures and communities
- Mitigating decades of environmental injustice in residential neighborhoods
- City investment in public amenities in all Dallas neighborhoods
- Access to welcoming outdoor public spaces.
At almost every location we visited, these battles are still playing out as well as occurring in other Dallas neighborhoods.
Read more about each meetup with these event recaps: