Fort Worth, Texas (April 20, 2022) – Watershed Urbanism and the DFW Metroplex opens Wednesday, April 20 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The exhibit examines the Trinity River watershed in North Texas and features designs from University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) faculty and students. It will be on exhibit at the Museum from April 20 through August 2022.
“We’re excited that a prestigious educational institution such as the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will be hosting the Biennale exhibit, as it provides families, school children and stakeholders across our region an opportunity to learn about the importance of waterways to our region, as well as the critical role watersheds have on our environment and surroundings.” Maria Martinez-Cosio, interim CAPPA dean, said.
Originally part of the European Cultural Center’s 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, Watershed Urbanism observes the challenges that increasing population expansion, climate change, and aging infrastructure create for the relationship between urban and natural environments. A healthy watershed provides critical support for the environment by collecting rain water for storage and flood prevention. The student and faculty projects investigate how to “design built environments that enlarge with and incorporate waterflows and aquatic life.” Several in-process projects are highlighted within the exhibit, such as the Panther Island Project and the Streams & Valleys Confluence Master Plan.
After its exhibition at the Museum, Watershed Urbanism will travel through North Texas to stops such as the Lewisville Grand Theater and the Texas Discovery Gardens at the State Fair of Texas.
In addition to a brand new exhibit, the Museum will reveal a community mural mosaic created at the 2022 MAIN St. Fort Worth Arts Festival. The Community Mural Mosaic was designed by local Fort Worth artists, Jimmy Joe Jenkins and Bradley Kent.
Visitors to the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival presented by PNC Bank were invited to participate in the community art piece in the Makers Zone sponsored by Tarrant County College. Over 1000 artists of all ages participated in the project by mixing colors and painting sections, following the artists’ original patterns and designs. These mini masterpieces were then puzzled together to create the much larger murals, celebrating Fort Worth’s Downtown & its colorful history.
The museum will serve as the first stop of the mural's tour through the City of Fort Worth and will be on display at the Museum throughout the month of April.