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Architecture Film Series Continues      

Liquid Assets
Wednesday, August 8th at 6:30 p.m.

Our next film will be presented in conjunction with our exhibition Design
by the Gallon: Architecture and Water Conservation, opening August 1.

Liquid Assets, a ninety-minute documentary, tells the story of essential infrastructure
systems: water, wastewater, and stormwater. These systems - some in the ground
for more than 100 years - provide a critical public health function and are
essential for economic development and growth. Largely out of sight and out
of mind, these aging systems have not been maintained, and some estimates
suggest this is the single largest public works endeavor in our nation's history.

Exploring the history, engineering challenges, and political and economic
realities in urban and rural locations, the documentary provides an
understanding of the hidden assets that support our way of life.

We will begin the evening with a reception and light refreshments, followed
by the screening at 6:30 p.m. As always, we'll stick around for a few minutes
afterwards for a discussion of the film.

$10 donation requested at the door. To RSVP, send e-mail to


Design by the Gallon: Architecture
and Water Conservation
August 6- September 19

The situation is dire. In 2011, an average of 14.8 inches of water fell across the entire
state, making it the driest year in Texas history. In October 2011, 88% of the state was
classified as being in "exceptional drought." And one only hopes that the drought
conditions don't extend to a period echoing the years from 1950 to 1957. During
that time, farms collapsed, livestock died, and cities were hard-hit. To provide
even a fraction of the water the city needed, Dallas was forced to pump water
from the Red River, and its high salt content wreaked havoc with plumbing and
landscapes. How did we get to this point and what can we do about it?

The latest exhibition at the Dallas Center for Architecture examines the
environmental and human-generated circumstances that have put us in
the situation we are now in. Looking at a series of architect-designed solutions
of all scales-both in buildings and landscape-Design By The Gallon: Architecture
and Water Conservation provides context and possibilities for changing our
drought-stricken future. Featured projects include the soon-to-be-completed
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, landscapes at Sprint Headquarters and
the University of Texas at Arlington, and smaller-scale residential projects in both
Dallas and Austin.

The show also tests your water conservation IQ and offers suggestions for how
YOU can help address the problem...not just through behavior but by
modifying your own home and workplace.

The exhibition is free to the public and open Monday-Friday
from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Community Room at Eastfield College-Pleasant Grove Campus
802 S. Buckner Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75217
Click here for directions.

Did you know the average American home loses 14% of their water use to leaks?
Attend our FREE workshop to learn how you can perform do-it-yourself minor
repairs to save water and help lower your water bill. Below are some of the
topics that will be covered at the workshop:

Checking for leaky toilets, faucets and hose bibs
Replacing toilet flapper valves
Fixing leaking faucets
Installing faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads
Water Conservation tips

Plumber Charlie Brown of GWS Services in Garland will be the instructor.

Making a reservation
Space is limited, please register online at
SaveDallasWater.com or by
calling (214) 670-3155. Let us know many will be attending in your group.

“Art in the Public Sphere”
a series of brief art talks
Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 7-9 PM
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary
3120 McKinney Ave., Dallas 75204

Organized by The Art Foundation, “Art in the Public Sphere” will be a series of brief
slide presentations on the subject of public art, in its myriad iterations, by a panel
of artists, curators and art facilitators. A wide-range of perspectives on the function
of art in the public sphere will be addressed, from fostering community through one-
time, participatory events, to beautifying the urban landscape with objects, to the
nuts and bolts of acquiring sites and working with commercial entities to realize a project,
as well as the notion of the Internet as public domain.  Though their
approaches are varied, each contributor in "Art in the Public Sphere" believes in
the importance of artists activating public space in nontraditional ways .   

Following a brief video by the creator of Aesthletics, artist Tom Rusotti, opening
remarks will be made by Nasher Sculpture Center Senior Curator, Jed Morse.
Presentations will then be given by Dallas artist/curator Cynthia Mulcahy, Austin
artist Shawn Smith, Dallas' Henderson Art Project coordinator Scott Trent, and
members of the artist-run Dallas Biennial. Plans for a proposed land art project in
West Dallas by San Diego artist Robert Andrade, in collaboration with The Art
Foundation, will also be presented.

The Art Foundation is a Dallas-based art collective that aims to cultivate rigorous
artistic dialogue and innovative art exhibition stragedies. Joshua Goode, Ryder
Richards, Lucia Simek, and Andrew Douglas Underwood are The Art Foundation.


The Architecture Happy Hour
Join us for this fun, social happy hour where you'll meet quality
industries. This happy hour is fully devoted to what you all do best...
socializing and making connections.

When: Wed., August 15, 2012, 5-7 pm
Cost: FREE
Where: Library Bar at the Warwick Melrose Hotel
3015 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
click here to rsvp:

If you have questions please contact Dallas Architect,
Laura Davis at 214-751-2300 or


6:00 p.m.

In conjunction with our exhibition Design By the Gallon: Architecture and
Water Conservation, we are pleased to present this talk by Kevin Sloan, ASLA.
We'll begin the evening with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by Kevin's talk
at 6:30. A $10 donation will be taken at the door.

In Parallels, Kevin Sloan will use a series of case studies to discuss decades of
exploration into the diffuse and spreading metropolitan pattern - its historically
unprecedented form, antagonism towards place and space, and ambiguous

For the first time in all of human history, the whole world, built and natural, is being
thought of as a one continuous landscape. The expectation for a green and verdant
landscape is cultural, and the pressure it applies on water use is magnified by
chronic drought, wildfires and the environmental fact that Dallas is on the same
latitude as North Africa.