5 Books That Let You Explore Dallas Architecture From Home
I was bored in the house; I was bored in the house. And all the time at home, I thought a lot about the place and atmosphere.
It all started with wanting to decorate my bedroom. I recently moved into my first adult apartment and want it to be perfect – especially now that it’s my office, gym, bar, and everything else. If I could just create a calming, yet stimulating space filled with photo-worthy corners, then maybe being stuck at home would be a little less shit.
Of course, I turned to Pinterest first. I searched the West Elm and CB2 online sales departments without success. My roommate and I launched an investigation to find out what these fluffy, wheat-like plants are every girl has that on Instagram are in their apartment (it’s called pampas grass and I want some). But as I fell deeper into the rabbit hole of interior design, I forgot about my own little apartment and developed a new obsession.
My last vice is looking at photos of insanely beautiful, inaccessible perfect places. It gives me a little bit of escapism and a little bit of inspiration for my own home. I think you should try
I also think we might all need a break from the screens, so let’s do this the old fashioned way and open a few books with coffee tables. I’ve rounded up a few books to help you take a closer look at Dallas architectural achievements from the comfort of your home.
If there is one authority on beautiful buildings in the city, it is Dallas Architecture Forum, a not-for-profit organization that has been discussing and promoting architecture and design in Dallas since 1997. The group erased a coffee table book, Dallas Modernin 2015. 20 houses that were built between 1951 and 2013 are presented. You can also purchase them directly from the Dallas Architecture Forum the DMA online shop, and Visual profile books.
Tadao Ando: Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art
The Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art is one of the quietest places in North Texas. The steel and glass masterpiece is itemized piece by piece in the Tadao Ando: Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art coffee table book, which is being resold Amazon and Biblio. There is also documentation about the building process Available on DVD in the museum’s online shop.
The Homes of Park Cities, Dallas
Park City residents can find out more about their famous neighborhood in Great American Suburbs: The Dallas Park City Homes. The book was written by the late Dallas preservationist Virgina McAlester and records the neighborhood’s history and development. It contains more than 280 images to flip through. It’s resold Abbeville Press and Amazon. (It’s not available on Interabang, unfortunately, but try this link before you bite on Amazon.) Another major McAlester is their lauded A Field Guide to American Houses, which you can actually purchase through Interabang.
IM Pei: Complete works
When looking at the architecture of Dallas, one has to mention the icon IM Pei, the man who gave us various landmarks like City Hall and Fountain Place. Its impressive reach (in Dallas and beyond) is extensively explored in IM Pei: Complete Works. Buy it online at Rizzoli.
You can also take a closer look at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, another design by Pei, on a new virtual tour from Art & Seek.
Texas Made / Texas Modern: The House and the Land
As long as we indulge in some kind of escape, we will venture outside the realm of Dallas. Made in Texas / Texas Modern: The House and the Land, a 2018 book by writer Helen Thompson and photographer Casey Dunn, scroll through beautiful buildings in the Lone Star State. The book contains 20 homes in Texas, from an urban oasis in Dallas to ranches in Hill Country. You can get Texas Made / Texas Modern online from Interabang, Monacelli Press, target, Walmart, and Barnes and Noble.