City Design Studio

LINC Dallas
Culture Mapping Dallas

CityDesign Studio primary functions

Urban Structure receives CLIDE 2011 Award
Urban Structure receives
CLIDE 2011 Award

Partner organizations receiving CLIDE
Partner organizations
receiving CLIDE

Urban Structure receives APA Texas 2011 Award
Urban Structure receives
APA Texas 2011 Award

Urban Structure receives 2011 GDPC Dream Study Award
Urban Structure receives
2011 GDPC Dream Study Award

​​​​​​​CityDesign Studio

The Dallas Citydesign Studio was formed in October of 2009 through a grant to the City from the Trinity Trust Foundation, funded by a generous gift from Deedie and Rusty Rose, to focus on neighborhoods and development along the Trinity. The grant represents a partnership between the City and the Trust to share in the Citydesign Studio’s operation cost. Larry Beasley, one of the world's top urban planners and the city planner that helped to establish the City of Vancouver as one of the most livable cities in the world, serves as Urban Design Special Advisor to the Citydesign Studio.

Housed within City Hall, the Citydesign Studio blends together the broader design community and the City of Dallas. The purpose of the Dallas Citydesign Studio is to elevate the design consciousness and culture of Dallas, while working to balance social, economic, environmental, and design sustainability towards enhancing livability for all Dallas residents. The objectives of the Citydesign Studio are:

  • Raising awareness about the importance of urban design to city building and the future of Dallas
  • Providing advisory services on urban design issues through development of urban design policies for the city, peer review of significant projects, and input into development applications
  • Direct urban design services on projects to other departments within the city on significant projects and collaborating on urban design consultancies with the City
  • Development of urban design programs for areas along the Trinity Corridor

After more than two years of meetings with community stakeholders, The Bottom Urban Structure and Guidelines  (The Bottom Urban Structure & Guidelines-guidebook) was unamiously passed by Dallas City Council on April 8, 2015.

The Bottom Urban Structure and Guidelines is a vision for area bounded by I-35 to the west, 8th street to the South, Corinth to the east and the Trinity River to the northThe Bottom is a part of the LINC Dallas community-based planning effort. The overall effort was kicked off with the LINC Dallas charrette in June 2012.

As its first major initiative, the Citydesign Studio engaged in a community-based planning effort in the West Dallas area bounded by the Trinity River levee at the North and East, I-30 at the South and Sylvan at the West. The Urban Structure and Guidelines​ (West Dallas Urban Structure & Guidelines-guidebook) represents the community’s shared vision for future development and re-developmen​​t. On Wednesday, March 9, the Dallas City Council unanimously adopted the West Dallas Urban Structure and guidelines.