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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 nurturin
  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 landsca
  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.
  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
  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 Hous
  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 Re
  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 wi
  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 des
  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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