The Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA), a 501c(3) Public-Private Partnership dedicated to the development and execution of a multi-phased smart city strategy for Dallas, has publicly unveiled its vision for its living lab in the West End, as part of the burgeoning Dallas Innovation District. The vision was revealed via concept renderings from BOKA Powell, and a virtual reality experience from Dallas-based 900lbs of Creative. These visual and immersive tools provide a view into what the West End looks like today, and what it will look like with smart elements incorporated into the living lab in the coming months.
The DIA will address key challenges faced by Dallas, and cities around the world, around aging infrastructure, strained natural and fiscal resources, and increased density in the urban core, while providing the technology and connectivity needed to power the future for all Dallasites. The DIA operates from the definition that a smart city is one where technological and social infrastructures accelerate sustainable economic development, conserves resources and improves the quality of life for its citizens. Data captured in the Living Lab will be available via the Dallas Open Data portal, as well as on an integrated platform.The Dallas Innovation Alliance supports a multi-phased approach to Smart Cities implementation.
Initial efforts will be centered in the West End district of downtown, where a confluence of multi-modal transit, walkability, historic buildings and a burgeoning innovation district will serve as ground zero for the city as a living lab, and a three-pronged strategy will center on infrastructure, mobility and connected living. The first phase of the DIA Smart Cities Living Lab powered by AT&T was launched in March 2017.
Why the West End?
The West End fits a number of criteria that make it a natural fit for Dallas’ initial smart cities pilot project:
• Downtown location (located in the CBD)
• Growing urban residential district (live/work/play)
• Surge in redevelopment (commercial and residential)
• Highly accessible via mass transit
• Distinct and manageable footprint
• Fiber is already available in the West End area
• Historic preservation district
• Gateway between downtown and Southern Dallas (Grow South priority initiative)
• Major residential and commercial growth and presence from innovative companies
•Integrated transit solutions
•Smart Home/ Office
•Green Spaces, Urban Gardens