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  1. Are any new homes in the greater Houston area being built with some like of elevation to guard against flooding?
  2. I think architecture schools, with the notable except of Notre Dame, view classical architecture with contempt because it has rules and standards. Architects want maximum freedom to design whatever they want in order to put their personal imprint on the project. These schools see classical architecture not as a timeless classic but as obsolete. The American public, however, continues to admire classical buildings. There is a disconnect between what the architecture profession in 2020 likes and what Americans like.
  3. You put it very well, HoustonIsHome! I completely agree.
  4. I doubt it. The map ends at Braeswood for a reason. There should fewer cross streets. The architects should remove E, O, and S streets to improve the pedestrian experience and safety. It would be awesome to have a long, uninterrupted pedestrian mall.
  5. You should be skeptical of any private college without a history or reputation, especially for-profit colleges, some of which have managed to secure non-profit status with minimal changes in their business model. ITT Technical Institute was rubbish and its closure in 2016 was long overdue. Public community colleges like HCC and Lone Star offer far better value and quality than private vocational schools, especially the for-profit ones.
  6. Has anyone heard news of an IAH to SGN (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) route?
  7. How much would it cost the city to put the HSR station downtown?
  8. I'll believe this project will get built when I see it get built. I love the idea and want the government to allow it to be built but I'm skeptical it ever will.
  9. It's smart to have parking right above the transit center. Large open parking lots are wastes of space and potentially require so much walking from the edges to the bus or train platform that it dissuades people from using transit. How similar is the Gold Line BRT route to the defunct University Line rail line?
  10. Posters on another thread said that Tom Delay and John Culberson were primarily responsible for the cancellation of the University Line for MetroRail. Now that both are out of office, will MetroRail include it in their construction plans?
  11. How did two Congressmen in Washington prevent a light rail line from being constructed in Houston? Also, both those Congressmen are out of office now so why isn't the University Line being reconsidered?
  12. I'm new to this forum and somewhat new to Houston. Why was the University Line scuttled? The route would have connected high density, working class housing around Gulfton, large employment centers in the Galleria and Medical Center, and three universities. The route was also a mostly straight shot so the average speed would have been high.
  13. This plan is not necessarily bad since it at least eliminates brutalist and post-modern styles. I would like to see a revival of traditional architecture but I have an expansive definition of that which includes Beaux-Arts (examples of which include the UT Tower and the Met) and Spanish Colonial. I particularly enjoy the symbolism and details of those structures. For example, the facades of cathedrals are covered in statues and inscriptions that mean something. A blank wall is boring.
  14. Good afternoon, Houstonians! I am a new member of this forum. It's an exciting time to be a resident of Houston! Why doesn't this building have piles buried into the ground? Houston's geology is rather soft and porous, right? It seems that without piles a big, heavy building will sink into the soil over the decades that it will be used.
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