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As recently as 1960, the city of Dallas possessed a vibrant urban culture, stimulated by round the clock living, working, and playing. Coupled with aggressive interstate construction and its citizens desire for the suburban dream, the urban core of Dallas transformed into a commuter business hub.
In the 1980s, the inventive city planners devised an idea to alleviate the interference of pedestrians with automobiles by creating a series of tunnels and sky bridges programmed with all the amenities of city street life nearly ending Dallas’s once vibrant street life. Dallas skyscrapers are vertical caves for automobiles and their commuters from the surrounding suburbs operating weekdays from nine in the morning to five in the afternoon. When they close for the day, they send their tenants up to thirty miles away from the urban core, leaving glass and steel coffins illuminating the Dallas skyline.
The Land_Scraper is an overturned vertical skyscraper, re-scaling toward the human experience. Spanning over 1500 feet and five city blocks, the building slithers through three districts: The Performing Arts District, the East side of the Financial District, and the residential sector of historic Deep Ellum. This project seeks a balance within its neighborhood encouraging more pedestrian and public experience throughout the day and night.