The Best Dallas Architects – Urban Commons

When D Home makes their annual list of the best Dallas architects, we aren’t surprised to see our own team members in the mix. In the last three years, several of the architects responsible for designing the sustainably constructed modern homes in Urban Commons have been deemed Best in Dallas. They include Far + Dang, Marek Architecture, A Gruppo and Nimmo Architecture. Read on for some select excerpts of a couple of the listings:

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Urban Commons Makes The Modern Design Highlight Reel

modciti, a magazine dedicated to covering residential modern design in Dallas, recently published a Modern Year in Review roundup written by Betsy Lewis which includes Urban Commons. The development’s combination of award-winning architects, progressive design and sustainable living is charting a path toward the future of urban living. Check out this short excerpt from the article below and read the whole magazine here.

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Dallas’ Green Communities: Urban Commons in D Home

Check out this recent write up on green communities like Urban Commons in D Home. Author Jennifer Sander Hayes profiles our modern, sustainable community and our developer, Diane Cheatham.

Green Communities: Urban Commons 

Urban Commons is a unique concept underway in Dallas that pairs modern architects with trusted builders for a sustainable community. Located in north Lake Highlands at the hub of LBJ, Forest Lane, and Technology...

The Dynamic Residential Developer: Diane Cheatham in modciti

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This insightful profile of our award-winning residential developer, Diane Cheatham, in modciti is not to be missed! We’ve reproduced a short excerpt from the story, written by Kendall Morgan, here. Read on for her thoughts on modern residential development or check out the entire issue.

Diane Cheatham: Dynamic Residential Developer 

[Developer Diane Cheatham expanded] on her legacy with the launch last fall of Urban Commons....

Change Is In the Air: Energy Awareness Month

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October brings change as leaves and temperatures fall — but the biggest change of all is represented by Energy Awareness Month. This time, every year, the Department of Energy encourages us to lead by example in developing energy efficiency practices. We believe in this challenge, and have adopted its ethos in our low-impact, sustainable community that prioritizes the conservation of this precious resource.

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Heatwave of New Construction for Urban Commons This Summer

Heatwave of New Construction for Urban Commons This Summer

After construction delays due to the pandemic, we are excited to announce that the first structures of our North Dallas development are now well underway! 

While our architect and design partners are still finalizing the 30-plus unique home designs for Urban Commons, we have begun construction on the community structures, including our mail center, garages, sidewalks and more....

Urban Commons Founder Diane Cheatham Receives Sustainability Award

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Congratulations to our fearless leader, Diane Cheatham, on receiving the AIA Dallas 2020 Sustainability Commendation for her work as one of Dallas’ champions of architecture and environmental preservation efforts. As a leader of design and development in north Texas, her commitment to sustainable development planning and innovation make her an obvious choice for this prestigious award.

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Urban Commons Partner DSGN Wins Prestigious AIA Award

Congratulations to our Urban Commons planning and design team at DSGN Associates for being named Architecture Firm of 2020 by the Texas Society of Architects. We couldn’t be more proud. Led by Robert (Bob) Meckfessel, a longtime friend and collaborator to Urban Commons developer Diane Cheatham, DSGN has been recognized for their innovation and excellence in urban design, architecture, sustainability and preservation for decades. Their work...

Update Spring 2020: Urban Commons Site Breaks Ground

The long awaited construction of the Urban Commons development is now well underway, and we are excited to showcase the progress our team of developers and community planners have made over the last several months! After receiving approval from Dallas Plan Commission, aerial images taken at the site location in North Dallas show a bright future of sustainable development and modern design. Check out the pictures and video below to get a...

Minimal, modern homes in harmony with our environment

The Dallas Plan Commission last week approved a remarkably unique plan for a new northern Lake Highlands neighborhood.

The development — brought to us by Diane Cheatham, the woman responsible for nationally renowned Urban Reserve — could prove transformative for the area, with its “low maintenance, low velocity, low impact, low stress, low pressure, low fumes, high design” living.

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