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  1. Sounds much more memorable than my years at the CoArch. The only similarities were the wars (sadly enough). Vietnam for you, and the Iraq war following September 11th for me. Suffice to say the general mood at the college was one of quiet unease /borderline marginal discomfort. Nothing close to the atmosphere you recalled from the years you spent there. People were either skeptical or quietly “ok” with what was happening in the Persian Gulf. Of course there was no draft... so, yeah. And Joe Mashburn had pretty much turned around the CoArch. UH had (at the time) one of the highest rated accredited architectural schools in the country, largely due to him and his staff. I remember some profs who were there to review and approve the accreditation (as it was up for renewal) commented that “what UH was doing was something they wanted to emulate back at their own campus”. I can’t recall but I think the schools who sent staff to review our accreditation were: University of Miami, Cornell and some other university. Two of those are well regarded for various reasons. So it was a worthy compliment.
  2. There is a design laboratory named after him on campus now. It opened shortly before I finished up there. Was the old band annex (or warehouse) adjacent to the CoArch now it is a modeling workshop.
  3. I’m as big of a proponent for Houston as any. I don’t believe I trashed the town - just placed due criticism upon the firms and developers for being less cutting edge than in decades past; and less forward thinking here locally than they are in other cities. We have a handful of really good developers in town, i can’t put Frank Liu in that mix not in a long shot. Not yet. Perhaps some on here can. Good for them. I’m hoping this project turns out better than is currently advertised, or at the very least is successfully interwoven into the urban fabric. I have to add: I’m merely stating an opinion - my opinion. Everyone has their own. Many people seem A-ok with this design. Fine. Great. I’m a curmudgeon, and I want the very best.
  4. My opinion. But then who is the architect involved on this? Also, this isn’t a strip center to repurpose. This is -as others have mentioned- a potentially transformative project. I’ll await further judgment till it has been further developed.
  5. Exactly Marathon Man. Be bold. The fact they’re still sitting on this with just the most marginal of expenses to build this out doesn’t bode well for its future. I hope I’m wrong in my pessimistic view of this project. My past experience in both projects I’ve worked on, and ones that pop up in this town tells me otherwise.
  6. We are each allowed opinions. Mine veers toward the dramatic - at times. This developer had dreams of OMA but an EDI budget (they probably cannot really even afford them!). My point early was that someone better suited to a more transformative development should have this project. Sadly that’s not how things worked out for this site. And it will be developed into something far less than what it should be. Because. Houston.
  7. Best outcome now is bankruptcy for these joke developers. They see value in a dumpy building, the true value is in the land. A shame this is what it is. I’ll gladly eat crow if they turn this into something. Anything really beyond what it’s heading toward. But having been disappointed enough with our talentless designers and developers here I won’t be holding my breath. This is probably the biggest disappointment in terms of development of any scale in Houston in quite some time. There’s plenty of disappointments elsewhere (Thor Equities buildings are terribly hostile to the street and a waste of space - frankly), but this is the biggest loser. I mean look at the Albert Thomas, yes it’s successful in that it isn’t vacant, but that land is FAR more valuable than what it is. This monstrosity will be the same thing minus the interaction with the rest of downtown since it is across the bayou.
  8. Money talks. No reason a developer couldn’t incorporate the Dillard’s into a high rise tower - Water Tower Place in Chicago is one example. It would make sense for the Galleria to expand east and tie into Dillard’s in some capacity here in the future.
  9. One can hope it’s more than just a Twin Peaks! That said, at what point do we over saturate the market demand for food halls? Ideally the site would eventually become home to a nice mixed use high rise (or two - including Dillard’s). Sadly I think that the market for something like that is unlikely at this time.
  10. Obviously we need to design with a clear mind when it comes to potential for weather. I think we need to design homes with greater resiliency for the weather - any weather.@
  11. I am curious what all of you feel are needed elements, and which are unnecessary elements of a suburban home in greater Houston circa 2030. How would that home differ from what it is today? What would you change about the house? yard? street? neighborhood? This is just an open discussion on the suburban home of the future. There is no right or wrong. Assume the following: Houston has continued to grow (9 - 9.5 million), weather is still a major concern, and the urban areas of town are booming..
  12. Hindsight tells us a little bit more open land would be very good... just say’n
  13. Kingwood and a few other areas were over developed (sadly) without regard to the 10,000 lbs gorilla staring them in the face: upstream flooding and river management, or lack thereof in event of flooding. This is the same for the areas near the Brazos in Fort Bend, and areas built in the flood pool(s) of Buffalo Bayou. It’s a shame. What’s even worse is that elevating structures another foot or two - at the time - probably wouldn’t have been that costly. Now it’s a BIG expense. Not saying that they wouldn’t have flooded otherwise during certain extreme events, but I’ll wager quite a few would have been fine. We need a regional flood authority, with regional control and -importantly- oversight of these yokel river authorities. This should be true moving forward state-wise... but I’m not going to hold my breath.
  14. Probably so. Would be somewhat separated from the rest of the campus, but perhaps a chance at a distinctive structure? Not that they are necessarily lacking. I imagine a high rise residential project will ultimately end up at that property... ? Which is good I suppose.
  15. You’re correct. That said, I believe Galveston’s intention in implementing the LDR was to define standards which would remove the potential for buildings like the San Luis or maybe even the convention center. They were trying to avoid having developers block entire blocks of low-rise residential, which is technically still possible - albeit much more complicated these days. Folks in Galveston *want* expect to have beachfront views from their scabbed on garage rooftop porches, even if the “structures” are 2-3 blocks north of the commercially zoned Seawall frontage. That and they’d reaaaly like to avoid any high rise development along most of the Seawall. There are too many Galvestonians that think they deserve some sort of grandfathered in exclusions for their immediate backyard. Which, as a homeowner myself I don’t necessarily blame them, but you have to weigh the risks when buying near (1-3 blocks) of a commercial zone. If Johnny Developer comes along and smacks down a 5-floor building on a piece of land which is zoned for such development - what should you expect?
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