ASSESSING OUR ARCHITECTURE: On Monday, Jerome profiled Mark Lamster, the new Dallas Morning News architecture critic. And today, we hear from the man himself as he puts forth some of his ideas on architecture on dallasnews.com. In a nutshell, he describes cities as “overlapping and superimposed networks.” Hard networks like infrastructure and soft networks like social circles. “The city’s health is determined by nothing so much as cooperation among these networks,” he writes. “When they work in concert, say, in the making of Klyde Warren Park, the whole city benefits. When they don’t, the result is balkanization that manifests itself both physically and socially. This is Dallas’ biggest urban problem, and all the genius architecture in the world won’t repair it.”
SINGING AND SUDS: This weekend’s Untapped Festival in Fort Worth features a lineup of local and national acts, as well as 60 breweries pouring more than 200 beers. Sarah Jaffe, Justin Townes Earle, the Orbans and others are on the bill. Sounds great, right? And for something like this to come together, it takes a lot of cooperation. Preston Jones previews the event on dfw.com and writes about how Spune Productions, Panther Island Pavilion and pastemagazine.com came together to make it happen.
SPACED OUT: The Dallas Contemporary is currently hosting shows by Walter Van Beirendonck, John Pomara and graffiti artist Soner. And for artists exhibiting at the Contemporary, how they fill the space is almost as important as what they fill it with. “The Dallas Contemporary is a hangar and tends to dwarf anything smaller than a DC-10 that’s parked there,” is how Bill Davenport begins his post on the three shows on glasstire.com. Plenty of pictures of each artist’s efforts are also on the site.