Dallas’ key urban assets, Downtown and the Trinity River, are experiencing rebirth and rejuvenation, lifting the city’s quality of life and sense of place. Downtown Dallas is emerging as a vibrant collection of neighborhoods, and the Trinity River Corridor is transforming from floodway to public space. Existing patterns between downtown and the river offer no natural or inviting way of connecting Downtown to the planned Trinity River Corridor Park.

The existing conditions between downtown and our river are the result of a collection of independent infrastructure and development decisions made over the past century. Priorities for needed flood control and regional mobility have built a physical condition presenting a challenge to advancing the future priority of connecting these two urban assets.

The Connected City Design Challenge seeks bold design solutions connecting our Downtown and Trinity River overcoming the physical, psychological, and economic divide existing today. We are poised to realize a truly connected and livable future.


In order to secure the most capable design talent and facilitate a variety of solutions, The Connected City Design Challenge is structured as a competitive process consisting of two idea streams: a professional stream and an open stream. Registration opens 04.04.13

The connected city design challenge


Request for qualifications from professional firms or individuals within the global urban design community.

  • Qualifications due 05.09.13
  • 3 Design teams selected
  • Each team awarded $50k
  • Design strategies due 9.27.13
  • Urban workshops & lectures


Participation open to all professionals, non-professionals, and students of the design community.

  • Open to all designers
  • Design strategies due 10.03.13
  • 4 finalists selected
  • Finalists awarded $5k
  • Urban workshops & lectures