Critic Mark Lamster on the dire state of architecture in Dallas (and most other American cities) | News

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Dallas downtown skyline. (Photo: Matthew T Rader)

The bastardized visual language has become the de facto standard in the development of residential architecture in Dallas. The explanation for its ever-increasing prevalence, while depressing, is pretty simple. Developers find something that is profitable and want to reproduce it. Risk averse banks, given their track record, are happy to lend them money, at least in the short term. Architects faced with low budgets, tight schedules, and conservative developers serve to please and obey convention. – artsblog.dallasnews.com

“But Dallas architecture shouldn’t be a joke, and it doesn’t have to be. A look at recent developments in Los Angeles, a historically autocentric city with similar growth challenges, suggests how Dallas could break the vicious circle of what’s in it.”

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