New book: ‘Why is Dallas architecture so bad?’

“I hate that building,” an artist pal said as we biked past Dallas City Hall recently. “Love the architect, hate the design.” That brutalist IM Pei construction went up in 1977. And in 1980, a critic asked, “Why is Dallas architecture so bad?” David Dillon eventually wrote 1,000 articles over 25 years criticizing architecture and encouraging neighbors to get involved with development. Those stories were compiled into a new book, and it’s timely as ever. “The questions that he asked about historic preservation and how we treat our history, those are all the same questions that are still on the table,” the author says. (KERA)

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