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  1. Thanks, everyone! @Sunstar: I didn't add that donation button, and I'm certainly not soliciting donations, just signatures and shares. I assume that the donations go to change.org. @skwatra: You're right. As with the petition for Sunday Streets, if we get to 1,000 signatures, the Mayor has to, at least, pretend to look at it. I'm after that 1,000-signature threshold, baby!
  2. I started a petition in support of the new Houston Bike Plan. Here's the link: https://www.change.org/p/sylvester-turner-put-the-houston-bike-plan-into-action Please sign and share!
  3. As Houstonians gather weekly at farmers markets and community gardens and urban farms sprout everywhere from corner lots to utility corridors to former industrial sites, the city seems host to a renewed passion for a habit of dwelling that feeds the spirit and the body. This spring, the Rice Design Alliance invites you to “Nourish,” a tour of six contemporary houses with edible gardens, created by architects, landscape architects, and designers. “If our kitchen is the heart of our house,” says tour chair and landscape architect Flora Yeh of Mirador Group, “our edible garden would be a nurturing extension. The homes on this tour share an integral theme, a way of life.” “Nourish: An Architecture Tour of Houses and Edible Gardens,” RDA’s 41st annual architecture tour, takes place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10. It features the following houses: 4523 TeasNatalye Appel + Associates Architects, 2015Landscape: RH Factor 3312 UniversityStrasser Design, 2016 2709 Albans1941; English + Associates Architects, 2010 1514 BanksLantz Full Circle, 2012 1603 Cherryhurst1922; GSMA, formerly Glassman Shoemake Maldonado Architects, Inc., 2009, 2013Landscape: Grove Hill Farm 748 ArlingtonJay Baker Architects, 2003, 2012Landscape: Fischer Schalles You can see more info at our website and buy tickets online.
  4. At a time when Houston has begun to reposition its bayous as an amenity, transforming them from the utility of drainage ditches into the beauty of hundreds of miles of connected linear parks with Bayou Greenways, and when the impending reconfiguration of the Pierce Elevated around Downtown presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve the city, the Rice School of Architecture and the Rice Design Alliance present Projective Infrastructures. Curated by Christopher Hight, Associate Professor of the Rice School of Architecture, this series will bring three internationally recognized landscape architects to help Houstonians continue to consider how the spaces between our buildings — our infrastructures — might be where the future health of our cities, and our citizens, will be found. Click here to purchase series tickets. Wednesday, January 27 Chris Reed Founding Principal, STOSS Associate Professor in Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Design Among many other projects, Reed’s firm STOSS designed a vision for the Trinity Riverfront, which combines commercial, residential, recreational, ecological, and environmental interventions to bring the river closer to the city, and the city closer to the river. He is also co-editor of a recent book of essays and drawings, Projective Ecologies. Wednesday, February 10 Christophe Girot Director, Atelier Girot Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, ETH Zurich Girot designed Invaliden Park, Berlin, one of the first open public spaces between East and West Berlin, which was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in 2005. Wednesday, February 17 Diana Balmori, FASLA Principal, Balmori Associates Balmori Associates has won a competition for a Cool Gardens that was installed in Winnipeg and has also launched a floating experimental vegetable garden in the Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site, in Brooklyn. Presently, the firm is a finalist in a competition to reprogram the space underneath a Downtown Cleveland elevated freeway. All lectures will be held at 7 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium in the Caroline Wiess Law Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A pre-lecture reception will begin at 6 p.m. The MFA,H, is located at 1001 Bissonnet. No guaranteed seating for ticket holders after 6:50 p.m. Additional parking at the museum is available until 7p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets. Series Tickets: $20 – RDA, MFAH members $15 – Senior citizens 65 years and older $10 – Students with identification $35 – Others Single Tickets (upon availability, sold 30 minutes prior to the lecture) $7 – RDA, MFAH members Senior citizens 65 years and older Students with identification $15 – Others RDA will make special accommodations for anyone needing assistance to attend a lecture. A minimum of two weeks is appreciated. Call Mary Beth Woiccak, Assistant Director, Programs, at (713) 348-5583.
  5. The site visit for the charrette is this Saturday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. We'll meet at 1003 Washington, where the new Big Brothers Big Sisters building will be. It's next to the Houston Permitting Center. The site's scraped right now. Here's a link to the details and registration form: http://www.ricedesignalliance.org/2015/2015-design-charrette-11-a-plaza-for-the-new-big-brothers-big-sisters-hq/ Please send a PM if you have questions or want to participate!
  6. RDA's annual design charrette, 1:1: A Plaza for the New Big Brothers Big Sisters HQ, is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, at Hanszen College at Rice University. Organized by rdAGENTS, this year’s charrette challenges participants to conceptualize a highly visible part of the new three-story headquarters, designed by Agency-Agency and now under construction on Washington Avenue, of Greater Houston Big Brothers Big Sisters. The leadership of BBBS has discussed with rdAGENTS the intention to continue working with the winning team to realize their design and incorporate it into the building. Charrette participants will receive the full program detailing the challenge and presenting specific considerations when they arrive the morning of August 1. The competition will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Architects, designers, planners, developers, artists, and individuals in teams of up to five people are invited to participate. Fees range from $25 for RDA members and $35 for non-members and will cover the cost of breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day. Download the registration form here. A site visit on Saturday, July 25, will precede the charrette. Participants will be able to tour the location and take photographs. The time and meeting place for the site visit will be announced at a later date. Results of the charrette will be on display and jurors will announce awards in Anderson Hall at a reception on Monday, August 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
  7. RDA's Spring 2015 Architecture Tour, afterWARDS: An Architecture Tour of Houston’s Wards and Beyond, features houses that both stand out from and speak back to the original character of the six wards. Chaired by Joe Meppelink and Brett Zamore, afterWARDS will take place Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12, 2015, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The tour features the following houses.734 Tulane Street, Shade Development, 20082102 Francis Street, Brett Zamore Design, 20141217 Robin Street, Rodrigo Tovar, 20141515 Woodhead Street, pb elemental design, 20131507 Chestnut Street, kinneymorrow architecture, 2015714/716 Sabine Street, Gottleib Eisele, 1872 and Murphy Mears, 2014205 North St. Charles Street, CONTENT, 2014RDA has organized tours every year since 1975 to help Houstonians experience firsthand the most interesting works of architecture and landscape and interior design in the city. Tours are open only to RDA members, but RDA membership is open to the public. RDA memberships begin at $45 and can be purchased during the tour at designated ticket-buying locations or in advance online and in person at the RDA office at Rice University. Memberships purchased March 1 through April 12 at the Student or Individual level include one complimentary tour ticket; memberships at the Household level and above include two complimentary tour tickets. Ticket prices for current members and their guests are $25, and there is a discounted $15 ticket for Student and Senior RDA members. Once you're a member, you can buy tickets online. Presented in conjunction with the tour, RDA is hosting a free civic forum on the history of the wards, inWARDS: Reflections on Houston’s Wards. It will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on Tuesday, March 24. Moderated by architect Florence Tang, it will include presentations by the following panelists: Pat Jasper, Director of Folklife + Traditional Arts, Houston Arts AllianceJim Parsons, Director, Special Projects, Preservation HoustonAssata Richards, Ph.D., Director, Sankofa Research Institute; Community Liaison, Project Row HousesGwendolyn Zepeda, writer, Houston Poet Laureate
  8. The Rice Design Alliance will accept applications from January 12 through April 6 to the 16th annual Initiatives for Houston grants program for students and faculty of the Rice School of Architecture, the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, the School of Architecture at Prairie View A&M University, and the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University. RDA will make separate awards of up to $5,000 each to a student winner(s) and a faculty winner(s). Please visit our website to download the app. RDA's Initiatives for Houston program focuses on Houston’s built environment, its history, present condition, and future development. A variety of regional projects are considered, including historic research, speculative studies, problem-solving and planning projects, and documentary studies of the conditions of the city and its architecture. Proposals are evaluated for their potential to make a significant contribution to our understanding of the city and/or the region. Projects must describe a dissemination component, which can be in the form of a paper or manuscript, exhibit, video, or other presentation. In addition, the results of the project could be presented by the grantees in a public lecture or published in Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston. Awards of up to $5,000 are available for projects to be completed in one year. More than one proposal in each category, student or faculty, can be funded. Past award-winning proposals are available for review in the architecture libraries of the participating schools. Our guest jurors this year: Leanna Gatlin, Senior Associate, Ziegler Cooper Architects; W. Mark Gunderson, AIA; Principal of W. Mark Gunderson, Architect, Fort Worth; John Hawkins, AIA, Partner, Porter Hedges LLP; Sheryl Kolasinski, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, Menil Collection; Susanne Theis, Programming Director, Discovery Green Conservancy. The total application must include: Completed application A written proposal for the project (one to three pages), describing goals, expected outcomes, work plan, and schedule for the project, and a discussion of its significance. Applicants also should describe past work in the area of the proposed research Resume for each participant Students will need a faculty advisor and a letter of support A project budget (equipment such as computers, digital cameras, etc. may not be included) Mail application and supporting materials to: Rice University
 Rice Design Alliance MS-51 P.O. Box 1892
 Houston, Texas 77251-1892 The deadline for applications is April 6, 2015. Awards will be announced on May 4, 2015.
  9. In software design, a plug-in adds a specific feature to enhance or expand an existing application. The Rice School of Architecture/Rice Design Alliance Spring 2015 Lecture Series presents four speakers who strategically install a different cultural plug-in — material, social, economic, tectonic — to refresh our attitudes about architecture’s capabilities. Curated by RSA Visiting Wortham Lecturer Tei Carpenter, Plug-Ins will feature the following four lecturers: January 21 Markus Bader, Co-Founder, raumlabor Reception sponsored by D.E. Harvey Builders January 28 James Casebere, Artist Reception sponsored by Berger Iron Works, LLC; Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing; and Marek Companies February 11 Hilary Sample, Co-Founder, MOS Architects Reception courtesy RDA February 25 Keller Easterling, Professor, Yale School of Architecture Reception sponsored by Gensler You can purchase series tickets here. All lectures are held at 7 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, at 1001 Bissonnet Street. A wine reception, sponsored by local architecture, design, and engineering firms, will precede each lecture at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online or by mail. Series Tickets: $20 – RDA, MFA,H members $15 – Senior citizens 65 years and older $10 – Students with ID $35 – Others Single Tickets (as available, sold 30 minutes before the lecture) $7 – RDA, MFA,H members Senior citizens 65 years older Students with ID $15 – Others These lectures are made possible by Pickard Chilton, Brochsteins, Cardno Haynes Whaley, D.E. Harvey Builders, Hines, Hines Southwest Region, Kendall/Heaton Associates, Planning Design Research Corporation, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc., Walter P Moore, The Woodlands Development Company/The Howard Hughes Corporation, and the Corporate Members of the Rice Design Alliance. Sponsor support comes from Balfour Beatty Construction, Bury, HOK, McCarthy, TheOFIS Companies, Telios, Trammell Crow Company, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
  10. @Subdude: Yep. It'll be curated, right there on the spot, shaped by the wit and cunning of our moderator. :-) Basically, we wanted to put the artists/architects in a conversation on stage and see what would happen. It also changes the feel: audience members won't have to sit there and look at slides.
  11. Does anyone have any insight/info about whether the developers know about plans to raze the Pierce Elevated? Seems odd to squeeze a midrise building into such an armpit --- and a noisy one at that. But if the Pierce Elevated becomes a boulevard, as I've heard, then that changes things for this site.
  12. Our fall lecture series starts tomorrow night. There'll be a mix of architects, historians, artists, photographers; their creative work is speculative and tries to imagine what our cities and buildings will look like in the next 10, 15, 20 years. This lecture series will have a different format from others. On Wednesday, October 1, Jean-Louis Cohen, an architectural historian and critic, will introduce the series and explore its themes. The next two weeks will feature a curated discussion between two artists. On Wednesday, October 8, Belgian photographer Filip Dujardin will be in dialogue with Oscar-nominated production designer K.K. Barrett (best known for his work with director Spike Jonze on such films as Her and Being John Malkovich). Finally, on Wednesday, October 15, British architect and curator Liam Young and Polish visual artist Agnieszka Kurant will continue the discussion. All lectures are held at 7 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, at 1001 Bissonnet Street. A wine reception, sponsored by local architecture, design, and engineering firms, will precede each lecture at 6 p.m. You can purchase tickets for the series here. Or you can purchase single tickets the night of. They're $15 for the general public and $7 for RDA/MFAH members, students with ID, and seniors.
  13. The sixth annual SPOTLIGHT: The RDA Prize will be awarded at the Museum of Fine Arts on Tuesday, September 9, to Canadian firm 5468796, founded by Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic. Please come! It's free and open to the public. There will be a wine reception in the museum foyer at 6 p.m.; the lecture will follow in the Brown Auditorium at 7 p.m. SPOTLIGHT, which comes with a cash prize and an invitation to lecture at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, recognizes architects and designers in the early years of their careers. “RDA truly believes 5468796 to be one of the most talented young design firms worldwide,” says Lonnie Hoogeboom, RDA Past President and Director of Planning and Design for the Houston Downtown Management District. “5468796 has been on our radar for a few years, and in that time their work and the recognition of their work has skyrocketed — and deservedly so.” The Winnipeg-based firm, founded in 2007, takes its name from its Canadian business registration number. The wit embodied in that choice is just one of the qualities recognized by Hoogeboom and the Spotlight Prize committee, comprising Rice School of Architecture professors John Casbarian and Carlos Jiménez and University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture professor Rafael Longoria: “We are mightily impressed with the caliber of architecture produced in just seven years,” says Hoogeboom. “[We] admire the breadth of design investigation, the elegance with which each element is rendered manually, digitally, or physically, and the broadening range of project types, from early-year single-family residences to complex multifamily assemblies to ‘jewel boxes’ in the urban landscape. Hurme and Radulovic are clearly building their young firm into an architectural practice of prominence and distinction.” Here are some photos of their work:
  14. A good first post. I'm looking forward to reading more.
  15. I posted this on Friday; it has photographs of the boards: http://ricedesignalliance.org/2014/team-from-page-awarded-top-honors-at-2014-design-charrette/
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