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A few years ago plans were scrapped to renovate it and now new plans are in the works again.

 

Throughout the article it is argued that it's more architecturally significant than the Astrodome. I went to Rice stadium once when I was a kid and I don't remember the outside at all. It would be sweet if Rice could become the Stanford of the south in terms of sports - as unlikely as that is. Still, a renovated stadium would be cool. I don't see why they couldn't get a bowl game, host high school football games and other events.

 

The article notes that they don't want to drastically change the architecture.

 

new plans (no renderings - this is very premature): http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/At-Rice-future-of-another-stadium-also-in-5043101.php?cmpid=albtfp#/8

 

Old plans: http://www.chron.com/sports/rice/article/Plans-unveiled-for-renovation-of-Rice-Stadium-2408811.php

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For watching football games the stadium is adequate the way it is. It's the rest of it that needs renovating. High school stadiums have nicer dressing rooms then Rice. That's why I liked the last plan. They were going to preserve the main stadium and just tear down and rebuild the old outdated facilities on the south end zone. It was a good plan but apparently cost more then the school wants to spend. I'm afraid any new plans will just be a cover up, much like the slight renovations 10 years ago. 

 

 

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Rice University has commissioned Diller Scofidio & Renfro to transform an existing parking lot between Alice Pratt Brown Hall, the home of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, and Rice Stadium into a 600-seat opera theater. Charles Renfro, a 1989 Rice graduate and the project’s lead architect, stated: “It feels really natural in a lot of ways to be returning to campus, a place I’ve spent so much time and love so much.” Completion is scheduled for 2018.


Reference: Houston Chronicle, archdaily.com

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The full piece from Rice...

http://news.rice.edu/2014/03/17/rice-universitys-shepherd-school-of-music-announces-diller-scofidio-renfro-as-architect-for-new-opera-theater/

 

This project is one I'm looking forward to more than others in some ways, chiefly because it actually has a local person and Rice alum at the helm of the project team for architectural firm involved. I hope they actually do the university and their hometown proud on this one.

 

 

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The rush to get rid of the old Continuing Studies building makes more sense now, with more new construction planned for that end of campus. I would not be surprised if the Media Center was the next domino to fall, which IMO would be a far greater loss. 

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This is going to be nice. It's about time art majors got their own unique place at Rice.

 

Pretty much everything Rice has built in the last ten years looks out of place. Brochstein Pavilion, Brockman Hall, the Rec center, the new Continuing Studies school. But in the long run they function well. 

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The irony is that, to most people, Rice has probably the most beautiful campus in all of Texas. But to today's average art junkie, there is nothing beautiful or inspiring about Byzantine-derived architecture. So the art museum must be a radical departure from the existing beautiful campus.

 

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The irony is that, to most people, Rice has probably the most beautiful campus in all of Texas. But to today's average art junkie, there is nothing beautiful or inspiring about Byzantine-derived architecture. So the art museum must be a radical departure from the existing beautiful campus.

SMU's campus is probably better.
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Not sure it's "better", but SMUs campus is definitely up there with Baylor and Rice.

 

Don't overlook Trinity University in San Antonio either. It is a very nice melding of regional and Modern architecture.

 

As I said about the new Rice Field House earlier this year, the University has the money and the will to experiment and do things on a scale one may think more grand than would be normal for an institution of its size. There you have it.

 

While most of the newer buildings on campus push the envelope the original quad remains pretty much (with the exception of the Fondren Library) true to William Ward Watkin's original intent.

 

These newer buildings on campus don't necessarily have to be "commercially successful" so this is probably the most appropriate venue to experiment with architecture. Think of some of the "show cars" from the opulent auto shows of the 1950. Some where very well received and pointed to the style of the future and some faded away into history.

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MFAH. Menil. Sawyer Yards. The arts just absolutely exploding in this city.

 

 

You forgot to put Match in that list. Its going to be an incubator for Midtown and the arts.

 

If you include the performing arts, it's even more amazing:

 

Moody Center for the Arts (at Rice U)

MFAH

Menil

Sawyer Yards

MATCH

New Opera House at Rice

St. Thomas has a new performing arts facility in the works

A.D. Players in Uptown

Main Street Theater is completing their remodel/upgrade

Alley Theater rebuild

Sugar Land Performing Arts Center

New HSPVA

 

I feel like I'm still leaving some out.

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Question. Will this be directly West of Shepard School of music, replacing the large ashpalt lot?

 

 

No, it will be south of Shepherd in the space between the Center for Continuing Studies and Reckling Park, where the tennis courts used to be.

 

The site directly west of the Shepherd School is where the new opera theater will be built.

 

Cool Rice University map showing future plans, including the Shepherd School's opera theater and the Moody Center for the Arts

 

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Construction will begin soon on a new office building and parking garage south of Allen Center.

Kathy Jones, associate vice president for Facilities Engineering and Planning, presented an overview of the project at the Dec. 8 Administrators Forum.

The six-story, 66,710-gross-square-foot office building will house up to 295 work spaces, depending on office layouts. The design calls for terra-cotta fins on the exterior of the building’s concrete frame to control the amount of natural light into offices. The building will be located parallel to the road that connects Entrance 3 to College Way/Loop Road.

The east side of the office building will attach to a seven-level, 159,500-gross-square-foot parking garage. The garage will accommodate 496 parking spaces – a net gain of 382 spaces after accounting for current parking spaces in Lovett Lot that will be overtaken by the office building and garage. Fig leaf images will be displayed on huge plastic scrims that will attach to the sides of the garage.

Starting Dec. 21, parking will no longer be permitted in the Lovett Lot south of Allen Center and the Cohen House. Entrance 3 to the campus at the intersection of Main and Cambridge streets will also be closed. The road between Entrance 3 and College Way will be closed too, except to emergency vehicles. - See more at: http://news.rice.edu/2015/12/11/new-office-building-parking-garage-to-be-constructed/#sthash.TDlV4LRx.dpuf

Jones said Entrance 3 will be redone to improve the flow of traffic in that area of campus. While Entrance 3 is closed, the South College parking lot can be accessed only from Entrance 4 on Main Street. The sidewalk from College Way to Entrance 3 will remain open for pedestrians.

Jones said the garage is expected to be completed by the beginning of summer 2017; the office building should be completed by the end of summer 2017. During the construction phase, employees who have been parking in the south Lovett Lot will park in other campus lots through arrangements made by the Parking Office.

- See more at: http://news.rice.edu/2015/12/11/new-office-building-parking-garage-to-be-constructed/#sthash.TDlV4LRx.dpuf

 

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That one has been a bit of a clusterfuffle. They finally tore the old stands down, and then nothing. New ones were supposed to be installed in time for women's soccer this fall, but that was never going to happen. I'm sure they will get it done some day.

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http://news.rice.edu/2015/12/11/new-office-building-parking-garage-to-be-constructed/ - apologize in advance if this is the wrong thread, but more Rice construction news.

 

I see urbanizer beat me too it - long time "lurker" on the site and thought this would be my first contribution...oh well, have to keep looking!

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