Dallas City Block Competition, Dallas, Texas, United States

Name: Dallas City Block Competition
Location: Dallas, Texas, United States
Date: 2009
Size: 661,000 SF
Program: Sustainable 500-unit residential and mixed-use block with urban farming component.  


The World’s populations continue to migrate towards cities. In the case of our country, people are
again returning downtown to live and to work. To make our future cities healthy and livable, it is im-
perative that urban development embrace sustainable design strategies and adopt necessary guide-
lines and regulations. The city block-- the basic DNA of urban planning--provides the appropriate
scale for intervening and speculating on the future well-being of our cities.
Sustainability, in its broadest definition, includes a range of issues from environmental technologies,
lifestyles, community integration, to education and economics. Our project aims to address these es-
sential issues and illustrate through a design proposition that sustainability can be a catalyst for both
change and innovation.

Among sustainability’s multi-faceted opportunities, the GROW-your-BLOCK project believes that
active participation is essential for a visionary sustainable development. Engagement not only pro-
motes enthusiasm, but also supports hands-on education and experimentation.

With education and participation at the forefront, this project is organized around two key program-
matic elements: The first is a ‘Wellness Loop’ which provides an experiential narrative on the topic of
‘Wellness’ (Mind, Body, Nourishment, Nature, and Play).

The second, an ‘Arable Land Loop’, expands on the cooperative community garden model and creates
a functioning arable farm within the block. Both loops twist through the complex, continually entic-
ing residents and visitors



Project Team: Jeffrey Johnson and Jill Leckner (principals); Jessica Dobkin, Aimee Duquette, Adam Koogler, Magda Wala, Sid Wichienkuer