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Urban Design Talk: Better Block by Krista Nightengale

Lessons Learned With Better Block

Join a conversation with Krista Nightengale, the Executive Director of the Better Block, who has been working with communities to turn parking lots to plazas and slow down streets for the past six years. From building for love, not for fear to using pilots as a way to erase permanency, Krista will explore the world of placemaking.

WHEN Friday, April 29th 11:30am - 12:30pm


CONTACT TICKETS pay what you can - $20 suggested donation

1 AIA, APA/AICP, & ASLA CEU Credits (pending approval)


Krista Nightengale is the Executive Director of the Better Block. She began her career at D Magazine, the city magazine in Dallas, where she served as Managing Editor, Executive Director of a leadership group aimed at empowering citizens to take action, and Executive Director of a literacy nonprofit that united the city in reading together. She then served as Chief of Staff of the Coalition for a New Dallas, an advocacy group that worked to reunite communities by removing an elevated highway between two neighborhoods in Dallas. Krista then launched Dallas Innovates, a news site that promotes Dallas-Fort Worth as a hub of innovation. While covering the city, Krista became intrigued by the built environment.

In 2016, she joined the Better Block, an international, urban design nonprofit that educates, equips, and empowers communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.

In her six years at the Better Block, Krista has worked with neighbors in more than 75 cities to rethink streets, turn parking lots to plazas, and identify the barriers keeping communities from enjoying their public spaces. She has led study tours in Dallas, Copenhagen, and Malmo and built hundreds of digitally fabricated benches, kiosks, and survey stands. She uses social media to educate around placemaking and transportation, and she’s a pretty adequate drone operator (as long as there’s no wind).

Krista is on the Dallas Comprehensive Land Use Committee, on the steering committee of Big D Reads, a board member of Philanthropy Kids, past-president of the Dallas Architecture and Design Exchange board, former AIA Dallas Board Member, City Lab High School Foundation Advisory Council, Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy cohort for Communities Foundation of Texas, former member of the Dallas Commission on Homelessness, former TEDxSMU steering committee, and a graduate of Leadership Texas.

About Urban Design Talks

CDFW Urban Design Talks are monthly chats for the community to learn, converse and grow in all things urban design. Talks will cover a broad list of topics including tiny homes, water & design, food deserts, the history of housing in Fort Worth, and so much more!

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Topics include...

  • Inclusive & Effective Community Engagement with Public Allies

  • Fighting the Flood Conversation - Watershed Urbanism

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About Community Design Fort Worth

Community Design Fort Worth is a nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance the quality of life in Fort Worth communities by:

  • Serving as a resource for design and planning assistance

  • Engaging the public in dialogue about key issues and opportunities

  • Undertaking long-term visioning in anticipation of future challenges


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