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master plan / urban design guidelines / development analysis / green design / resiliency / open space plan

Location / Dallas, TX

Client / Urban Land Institute / Hines

Status / Completed

Collaborators / Tiffany Marston / Yunjia Wang / David Anderson / Wei Wang

Awards / Winner ULI Hines Urban Design Competition 2008

The Cedars neighborhood of Dallas, a premier residential neighborhood in the City’s early years, suffered many decades of neglect because of a series of historical infrastructure investments. These investments including the construction of railroads that brought light industries to the area, construction of I-30 at the southern edge of Downtown and the siting of City Hall and Convention Center with their backs towards Cedars, left the neighborhood segregated from adjacent areas and shifted the residential center of gravity to the north. Despite these obstacles, the neighborhood is active with activities such as warehouses, distribution plants, back offices of major regional and national corporate employers, and it is especially attractive to artists and craftspeople, many of whom operate live-work studios in the neighborhood.

The Cedars Master Plan proposes to restore the neighborhood’s connection to its surroundings along a mass transit corridor that provides civic, cultural and commercial amenities for all. A mixed-use development along this corridor concentrates economic activity and residential amenities for young professionals working in the neighborhood and in Downtown.

Ecological corridors that transect the transportation corridor employ green infrastructure and natural storm-water management systems to create healthier functioning watersheds. These watersheds become the backbone for a new continuous public open space which bridges the divide between Cedars and the Trinity River, and the proposed Trinity Development in the south. These phased investments in the public realm and infrastructure will provide momentum to existing economic activities and attract developers and private investments to the area.


The Cedars Master Plan was awarded first prize in the 2008 National Urban Land Institute | Hines Urban Design Competition.

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