2017 IMCL Honor Award, Built Project – Sundance Square, Fort Worth
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Re: 2017 IMCL Honor Award, Built Project – Sundance Square, Fort Worth, Architects: David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc., Washington DC
Client: Johnny Campbell, President, Sundance Square
It is of great significance that a major Texan city wedded to the automobile has created a main square free of traffic. Sundance Square, framed by fine early 20th century buildings, transforms two parking lots into the pedestrian heart of Fort Worth. The IMCL Awards Competition Jury selected Sundance Square to receive the IMCL Honor Award for “Excellence in creating Public Places for Community, Democratic Dialogue, Health & Equity” at the recent 54th IMCL Conference in Santa Fe, October 2-6.
The square is surrounded by museums, galleries, restaurants, and night clubs; furnished with a forest of 216 fountain jets, a wave wall fountain, a rentable pavilion and terrace, four 40’ x 40’ umbrellas, and a stage; and thoroughly programed for concerts, theater, art festivals, and movies.
The square is large (approximately 200’ x 300’ - 55,000 square feet), framed by 5 – 12 story buildings. This Texan spaciousness and wide sky view will be destroyed if more 35 story buildings are permitted within 3 blocks of the square.
The jury hopes that Sundance Square will not only provide the premier tourist attraction and special events destination for Fort Worth residents, but that it will also encourage more downtown living within walking distance, and spur development of mid-rise mixed-use residential buildings in keeping with Fort Worth’s early 20th century buildings that convey the city’s unique identity.
Please click here for Project Statement and images. http://www.livablecities.org/blog/imcl-honor-award-built-project-–-sundance-square-fort-worth
Click here for 2018 IMCL Design Awards Program on Designing Healthy, 10-Minute Neighborhoods http://www.livablecities.org/conferences/55th-conference-ottawa/design-awards-competition
For more information contact: Suzanne.Lennard@LivableCities.org