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CONTEXT


Deep Ellum (Dallas, TX) Deep Ellum developed in the late 1800s as a residential and commercial neighborhood on the east side of Downtown Dallas. The early 1900s flourished with industrial development, containing factory facilities for the Continental Gin Company and Henry Ford’s Model T. Deep Ellum’s real claim to fame was found in its music. By the 1920s, the neighborhood had become a hotbed for early jazz and blues musicians, hosting the likes of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, Texas Bill Day and Bessie Smith. Following WWII, the success of Deep Ellum started to fade. The ever-growing availability and use of the automobile led to the removal of the Houston and Texas Central railroad tracks -- to make way for the Central Expressway-- and by 1956 the streetcar line had been removed. Businesses closed, residents moved, and in 1969 a new elevation of Central Expressway truncated Deep Ellum, completely obliterating the 2400 block of Elm Street. Today, the neighborhood is on the upswing in a state of transition. A healthy mix of music venues, bars, and restaurants are now present. Large scale residential and multifamily construction, streetscape improvements, and a large commission of mural artwork are also contributing to Deep Ellum’s growth as a cultural center in the City of Dallas.

 

CROWDUS STREET


For all of the growth and improvement in businesses, residents, restaurants, and bars, Deep Ellum lacks a public gathering space. Crowdus Street is located in the heart of Deep Ellum, running cross-grain to the primary vehicular roadways. This street has great potential to become a pedestrian-only thoroughfare. From ReelFX Creative Studios to Deep Ellum Brewing Company, there are eight blocks that, if redesigned could add to the vibrant future of Deep Ellum. In Spring 2015, a collaborative team created a prototype of what the future of Crowdus Street could look like. Based on the success of this temporary project, we are proposing an open competition to solicit ideas for a permanent design. The Crowdus St. Design Competition asks teams of Designers, Artists, and Creatives to redesign Crowdus St. as a visionary project for pedestrians in the heart of Deep Ellum. Crowdus Pop-up park photos via TBG Partners DESIGN FUTURE DALLAS CROWDUS STREET DESIGN COMPETITION 2016 3

 

ABOUT THE COMPETITION


Individuals and Teams are invited to submit conceptual ideas for the future of Crowdus street in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, TX. Proposals should seek to create a pedestrian corridor that enriches and leverages the urban experience of the area. Your design should consider a 2 phase approach to implementation. Phase 1 should be a detailed design of two block of Crowdus St. from Elm St. to Main St. that will include all the key elements of your design, and fulfill the design considerations (listed below). Phase 2 should show the masterplan and expansion of your phase 1 design to include all eight blocks, and considerations for engagement with vehicle traffic on Main st., Elm St, and Commerce St.

 

PROJECT GOALS


Create a Pedestrian Corridor that unifies Deep Ellum to enhance the community and business engagement with the streetscape. 2. Feasible and realistic designs that have potential for construction. 3. Inspire future pedestrian corridors in Dallas with bold ideas and high caliber design concepts.