As one of Dallas’ first commercial districts for African-Americans and European immigrants, Deep Ellum is one of the most historically significant neighborhoods in the city. - Deep Ellum Community Association
The Deep Ellum neighborhood in Dallas has long played a significant role in the City’s history and culture. Currently this neighborhood, once celebrated for its uniqueness and diversity, is in decline. Beset by unfavorable development trends, crime, and long-time physical separation from downtown Dallas, Deep Ellum is entering an age of self-evaluation where its future and vitality within the urban landscape is in question. For this project, students will be required to develop a solution reconnecting and revitalizing this neighborhood using a single architectural intervention in the form of a large-scale mixed use building. Deep Ellum has long been separated from Downtown Dallas by the elevated I-345 expressway. To address this problem based on the existing conditions, students are permitted to utilize the space under the highway as part of their solution and are encouraged to incorporate innovative uses and structures within this typically restrictive and regulated space.