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The sprawling highways, status buildings and corporate campuses that dot the Dallas landscape can be easy targets for architecture writers, but what emerged from a discussion Tuesday night about the late Dallas Morning News critic David Dillon was that he admired it all anyway. For him, the city’s shortcomings were opportunities for tough love. At least, that seemed to be the consensus among two journalists and a professor who gathered for a panel discussion hosted by The News at its downtown auditorium.

Dillon dug into Dallas’ manmade landscape for nearly three decades until leaving the paper in 2006. Up on stage to discuss his writings were the newspaper’s current architecture critic Mark Lamster, arts writer Michael Granberry and Kathryn Holliday, the director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington. She pulled together a collection of Dillon’s essays after his death in 2010 and published them as The Open-Ended City just a few weeks ago, prompting Lamster to come out with his own kind of Dillon tribute around the same time.

Read the original article by Dallas Morning News here.