2011 Alliance Award Winner - Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation
The Arlington Urban Design Center (AUDC) was established in 2009 as part of a continuing effort to improve Arlington’s image and provide guidance for future development. The City has begun to experience a significant amount of development activity, primarily due to the opening of the new Cowboy’s football stadium, the success of the Texas Rangers, and the selection of Arlington as the site for Super Bowl 2011. In order to capitalize on this surge of reinvestment, the Community Development and Planning Department collaborated with the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) School of Urban and Public Affairs to create a unique studio staffed with six graduate students studying architecture, landscaping, and urban planning disciplines. Led by City employees, the AUDC strives to promote high quality and sustainable projects that achieve a balanced land use mix throughout the City.