Sir Norman Foster

“Swimgloat.” A Joycean word James coined as an expression of joy that comes from a great success. You confidently can assume Dallas is swimgloating after the October 12th sockeroo opening of its $354 million, 10-acre AT&T Performing Arts Center on a once humdrum, parking lot-littered landscape on the edge of downtown. Now there’s the ruby red luminous drum of the Winspear Opera House; the nine-story boxed Wyly Theatre, stark and glacial with its facade of hundreds of rippling aluminum tubes; a connecting landscaped park by M. Desvigne of Paris; and the still a-building City Performance Hall and the Annette Strauss Artist Square (capacity: 5,000) for outdoor shows.