“City by Nature” will reveal the urbanism of the thirteen-county Metroplex that is Dallas-Fort Worth, whose expanding density has given rise to an astonishing set of challenges and unprecedented conditions — most notably, the appearance of wildlife within the city. Bald eagles, turkeys, fox, coyotes, bobcats and other species now thrive within the urban jurisdiction of DFW, typically along the natural corridors of the cities watershed network. The existence of wildlife within the city, along with the unsustainable and diffuse city pattern that enables it to exist, is laying the groundwork for new ideas and patterns to restructure the architectural landscape into a walkable synergy with nature.
Presenter Kevin Sloan:Kevin Sloan is a city planner, landscape architect, writer and Professor of Practice in Architecture at UT Arlington’s CAPPA School of Architecture. His work at Kevin Sloan Studio has been nationally andinternationally recognized, published, and exhibited.Through built works, articles and awards, Sloan has become an international voice and advocate for ReWILDING, an approach to environmental design that is sweeping the world. Award-winning built works that demonstrate ReWILDING are The Airfield Falls Conservation Park in Fort Worth, the biofiltering street at Dallas Urban Reserve andthe spring-fed park and nature-driven urbanism at Vitruvian Park in North Dallas. He has been invited to speak internationally at conferences on ReWILDING in Dublin, Ireland and upcoming in Paris,France.