Off the Grid Urban Block for Dallas


Several months ago, we profiled all three finalists in the Re:Vision Dallas competition.  The purpose of the competition was to design a sustainable urban city block near Dallas City Hall.  Of these finalists (and several hundred other entries), the Forwarding Dallas entry has now been announced as the winning design.  The off-the-grid block, designed in collaboration between Atelier Data and Moov, is scheduled to break ground in 2011. 


Forwarding Dallas gets its inspiration from hills to create an undulated fabric of buildings with green roofs covered in native vegetation.  The hills harvest natural elements, including the sun and wind, through solar thermal, photovoltaics, horizontal axis wind turbines, and passive solar louvers. 

The self-sustaining project will accommodate roughly 854 residents and be prefabricated with local materials and straw bales. 

Other aspects of Forwarding Dallas include open ‘green’ spaces, housing options from studio apartments to three bedroom flats, a rooftop water catchment system designed to recycle water collected from rooftops and store underground for later use, a sensorial greenhouse, swimming pool green house, and meeting point green house.  The block also includes a spiritual space, gymnasium, café, exhibition space, and a temporary accommodation center for both children and the elderly.



Rendering credits: Re:Vision Dallas.

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  • Kurt

    I’m a little reluctant to be the first to say it, but whatever the project’s virtues may be, it is just plain ugly.

  • Anonymous

    VERY ambitious project. I hope they can actually make this happen.

    I don’t think it’s ugly, Kurt. But we also own a Honda Element, so take my opinion with a grain of salt….

  • Name

    “temporary accommodation center for both children and the elderly”? They aren’t allowed to actually live there?

  • Susan Graham


  • Portland Condo Auctions

    That looks interesting. It will be nice to have some vegetation in Dallas at some point, the only time that I visited there the urban heat island effect was strong enough in the summer that you could look anywhere downtown and see the shimmer of sun reflected heat.


  • Brian J. Walsh

    The bottom line is that Forwarding Dallas is making significant and meaningful efforts to get off the grid. This does several things. . .it saves energy, it saves money and it conserves resources for future generations. We all need to be spreading the word about getting ourselves off the grid to anyone who will listen at any time they will listen! Keep letting everyone know about the benefits of getting off the grid!


  • M.

    That is hideous. Forwarding Dallas should be ashamed of themselves.

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