June 23, 2009
New Urban Design Center Opens
City and UT-Arlington Joint Effort to Tackle Urban Design
Issues This Summer
Who: City of Arlington and the University of Texas at
What: Urban Design Center Open House
When: 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, June 26
Where: City Hall Lobby, 101 W. Abram St.
Why: To showcase the new Arlington Urban Design Center, a
collaborative community development project between the City
of Arlington and UT-Arlington.
The goal of this project is to give UT-Arlington design
students hands-on experience on real time development
This summer, UT-Arlington graduate students and professors
from the School of Architecture and the School of Urban and
Planning Affairs will work closely with City staff from the
Community Development and Planning Department on community
The urban design theory deals primarily with the design and
management of public space. According to City Project
Planner Gincy Thoppil, city staff and urban design interns
will consult on development projects. The program
facilitates public dialogue about urban design and its
impact on the community, she said.
Students and professors will work with staff to research
design issues and promote the principles of the Arlington
Comprehensive Plan, the City’s vision for growth and
To learn more about this program, contact Gincy Thoppil at
Note to Media: Excellent video and photo opportunities of
UT-Arlington planning and architecture students, professors
and City of Arlington staff.