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Nan Ellin, Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Public Affairs at UTA Moderates "Village Redux" on March 22.

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, will continue its 2015-2016 Panel Discussion Series on March 22, 2016 with “Village Redux: Co-Housing and Pocket Neighborhoods,” moderated by Nan Ellin, Founding Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Panels are offered at no charge to both Forum members and to the general public as a public outreach of the Forum. Join us for a cold beverage and lively dialogue! The venue for this Dallas Architecture Forum Panel is at The Dallas Center for Architecture, 1909 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Suite 100.  It is free and will be held at 6:30 pm, with an informal reception beginning at 6:15 pm. No reservations are needed to attend this panel discussion.  

“The Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to present this next panel in its 2015-16 series of thought-provoking Panel Discussions on topics impacting the citizens of Dallas both locally and globally,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “Moderator Nan Ellin will be joined by panelists who are actively engaged as home-owners, architects and developers to create eco-friendly homes that offer a sense of community. The result will be an engaging and thought-provoking discussion for our attendees.”

Panel Season Sponsors are John Eagle Dealerships, HOSSLEY Lighting Associates, Purdy McGuire, Inc., Cindy + Armond Schwartz, Talley Associates, Briggs Freeman Sothebys International Realty and WDG Architects.

“Village Redux: Co-Housing and Pocket Neighborhoods”
22 March 2016
Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Informal Reception at 6:15 pm

Venue: The Dallas Center for Architecture, 1909 Woodall Rogers Frwy, Suite 100  

As our cities continue to grow, we have seen various responses that ask us to consider a return to a simpler way of life: the small and tiny house movement, eco-villages, co-housing, pocket neighborhoods and more. These all incorporate shared amenities and social spaces, encouraging human interaction in order to nourish a deep sense of community. Advantages also include a smaller footprint and fewer wasted resources. This panel of residents, architects, and developers of such projects will explore their successes as well as opportunities for the future. 

About the Moderator: Nan Ellin 

Nan Ellin is Founding Dean of the new College at University of Texas at Arlington uniting the School of Architecture with the School of Urban and Public Affairs: the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs. She holds a PhD in Urban Design from Columbia University and has served on an architecture faculty for 11 years, a planning faculty for 8 years, and an urban studies faculty for 7 years. Her research and practice in urban revitalization, placemaking, community-building, and university-neighborhood partnerships have been contributing to enhance life quality through improving the built and natural environments. Ellin’s books include Good Urbanism, Postmodern Urbanism, Architecture of Fear, Integral Urbanism, and Phoenix: 21st Century City. Her scholarly articles have appeared in numerous journals and her collection of public scholarship, Desert Urbanism. This work has been translated into 13 languages: French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Farsi, Lithuanian, Serbo-Croatian, Korean, and Chinese. Ellin was the driving force behind canalscape, an initiative to create vital urban urban hubs throughout metropolitan Phoenix where canals meet major streets. She was a member of the Reinvent Phx team, working with the City of Phoenix to improve the area along light rail, including several canalscape projects.

Ellin was previously Professor and Chair of the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning as well as a Leadership Fellow at the University of Utah.  She has also served on the faculty of ASU, University of Cincinnati, Southern California Institute of Architecture (ACI-Arc), University of Southern California, and New York University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in France where she carried out research on the European New Urbanism.

About the Dallas Architecture Forum 

The Dallas Architecture Forum is a not-for-profit civic organization that brings leading architectural thought leaders from around the world to speak in Dallas and also fosters important local dialogue about the major issues impacting our urban environment. The Forum was founded in 1996 by some of Dallas’ leading architects, business, cultural and civic leaders, and it continues to benefit from active support and guidance from these citizens. The Forum fulfills its mission of providing a continuing and challenging public discourse on architecture and urban design in - and for - the Dallas area. The Dallas Architecture Forum's members include architects, design professionals, students and educators, and a broad range of civic-minded individuals and companies intent to improve the urban environment in North Texas. The Forum has been recognized nationally with an AIA Collaboration Achievement Award for its strategic partnerships with other organizations focused on architecture, urban planning and the arts. For more information on the Forum, visit

Among the over 160 speakers who have addressed the Forum’s Lecture Series are Shigeru Ban, Brad Cloepfil, Diller + Scofidio, Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Daniel Libeskind, Thomas Phifer, Rafael Vinoly, Juhani Pallasmaa, AIA Gold Medal Winner Peter Bohlin, and regional architects David Lake and Ted Flato. Pritzker Prize winners speaking to the Forum have been Kazuyo Sejima, Rafael Moneo, Thom Mayne, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster (the latter two in collaboration with the ATT Performing Arts Center). Other speakers for the Forum have been leading designers Calvin Tsao, Andrée Putman, and Karim Rashid; landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh; and National Trust President Emeritus Richard Moe. Important critics, authors and patrons who have spoken to the Forum include Emily Pulitzer, Terence Riley, Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Campbell and Blair Kamin, Aaron Betsky, and the late David Dillon.

The Forum organizes and presents an annual series of Panels—local, informal, open, and offered free of charge as a public service to the community—led by a moderator who brings a subject of local importance along with comments by participating panelists. Moderators and Panelists have also come from both other Texas cities as well as from national institutions that were connected with particular Panel subjects. Panels offer attendees the opportunity to participate in creating discourse. Important topics addressed in Panels in recent years include: “Thoughts on the Dallas Comprehensive Plan”; “The Kimbell Expansion: A Discussion”; “Filling Out the Dallas Arts District”; and “Re-envisioning the Trinity”. Among the many community leaders who have served as Forum Panel Moderators are Rick Brettell, Gail Thomas, Brent Brown, Peter Simek, Krys Boyd, Scott Cantrell, and the late David Dillon. 

For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit For questions about the Forum, call 214-764-2406.

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