People, Planning & Place: A Case Study 11/18/11

When: Friday, November 18, 2011
Session: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
 DallasCity Hall, Room 2BN
1500 Marilla Street

David Whitley, Associate Director
DallasCityDesign Studio

***CM Credits Pending***

RSVP toAmy Mathews, AICP at

The Dallas CityDesign Studio is the City’s in-house urban design department, representing a public-private partnership between the City of Dallas and the Trinity Trust Foundation.  The Studio’s first major initiative was engaging in a community-based planning effort for a 0.75 square mile portion of West Dallas.  With the completion of a Calatrava-designed bridge in March 2012, the area’s proximity to the Trinity River Corridor Project, and large-scale land acquisition by private development interests underway, it was clear that change to this area was inevitable.  The City saw this as an opportunity to challenge some of its traditional planning and development models, and work collaboratively using design to define a vision that balances the interests of the existing neighborhood, development community, and business interests.  During this session, the studio will present a case study of the Dallas CityDesign Studio’s work in West Dallas and its efforts to shift the City’s approach toward redeveloping our city and engaging in successful placemaking.  

David Whitley is currently the Associate Director of the Dallas CityDesign Studio.  He has 11 years of public service in municipal planning.  During his eight-year tenure with the City of Dallas, David has worked on a number of planning initiatives including development code amendments for neighborhood stabilization as well as planning and economic development efforts for the Trinity River Corridor Project.

He has been with the Studio since its creation in October 2009.  Key initiatives while at the Studio include: completing an urban design plan and guidelines forWest Dallas, advancing changes to city policy regarding mobile food vending and working toward an urban design review process for key areas of the city.

Prior to joining the City ofDallas, David worked with the City ofArlington, handling long-range planning initiatives and TIF District administration.  He holds an architecture degree from UT/Austin and a Master’s in Regional Planning fromCornellUniversity.  David’s passion throughout his career has been facilitating developments that contribute to the urban fabric of our city and enliven street life and the pedestrian experience. Affiliations:APA, ULI, Greater Dallas Planning Council

Networking Social to Follow:  5:00 – 6:30 pm
Location: XYZ Bar at the aloft Hotel
1033 Young Street, Dallas
(across from City Hall)

RSVP to Amy Mathews, AICP at


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