Gallery: Xero Project Set To Green the City of Dallas


“What if one block in Texas became the sustainable model for the world? What if everything we knew and believed about design needed to change? What if we need to change along with it?” David Baker + Partners and Fletcher Studio answered these questions with their XERO Project, an incredible plan to connect the city of Dallas with greenways while bringing local agriculture, public orchards, community gardens, private planter boxes, and food stalls into the city. The project recently took first place in the Re:Vision Dallas design competition, and is focused around an energy efficient building that will include a rainwater collection system, solar panels and planted screens that will produce onsite energy and food.

XERO is much more than just a plan for a city block; it’s a plan to revamp and revise the city of Dallas. Designed as a collaborative effort between David Baker + Partners and Fletcher Studio, the Zero-Energy building has four main components:

+ A ground level courtyard for agriculture and public open space

+ A tower with open air terraces and a solar panel/planted screen to produce onsite energy and food

+ Townhouses on a spiraling podium base

+ Micro-retail facing the greenway

The design team took time to address issues such as extreme climate and weather conditions, historical sites and other public amenities in their plans for the XERO Project. Plans also included creating a vibrant walking and bicycle friendly environment throughout the city of Dallas.

What’s the most exciting part of the competition? Re:Vision Dallas is real. The competition is the result of a partnership between Urban Re:Vision and the City of Dallas to create an innovative and sustainable redesign of a single city block. “The competition created a chance to propel design beyond the typical, beyond the norm, and to lay the foundation for a future of sustainable development.” With the support of the city, the land has been purchased, and this block will soon become a reality.

+ David Baker + Partners Architects

+ Fletcher Studio

+ Re:Vision DALLAS


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  1. rulaciab June 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I think it is an interesting proposal in a city designed for cars and not for peopl, by placing the parking lot under the building and not at the street level people in the city are enjoying this space with a park. Architects should be doing this kind of projects were people in the city have a part in the role of the building.
    I have a question for Navin. What would have been your strategy for this building?

  2. Navin R Johnson June 12, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I disagree. It seems like this project relies on the dream of a large scale urban planning project for the success of its implementation. At the scale of the city block it is just a high-rise bar building in a park. In essence it is an unconvincing revsion of Le Corbusier’s Unite block.

  3. JimmyDoWop June 10, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Wow, thats like the coolest building I have EVER seen!


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