Major companies are pushing ahead with energy and water-saving innovations, and they need real-world testing grounds. The solution: the Urban Living Laboratory, a planned "research and urban lifestyle community" outside of Dallas, Texas.
What would a city be without culture? No place we'd want to live. Yet most attempts to seed thriving centers are fraught with stumbles. The new AT&T Performing Arts Center solidifies Dallas's arts district by bringing a red-hot heart to the city's downtown, already home to a symphony hall and sculpture museum. The center, which opened in October and includes the Wyly Theatre and Winspear Opera House, attracted more than 100,000 visitors its first season. "It's not just the number of facilities but the nature of the facilities," says center CEO Mark Nerenhausen.
T. Boone Pickens isn't a man that gives up. After the former Texas oil magnate's giant wind power plan fell by the wayside, Pickens took up a new cause: natural gas vehicles. Most recently, Pickens took a trip to Dallas to promote the city's shift to a natural gas taxi cab fleet.
How would you create a city block that was fully sustainable? A competition to redevelop an entire block of downtown Dallas asked urban planners to do just that, and the finalists have just been announced.