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RDA News & Notes

RDA Spring Lecture Series Focuses on Rebuilding New Orleans


With the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina having passed in August, the city of New Orleans remains in the hearts and on the minds of many. While images of the Crescent City once evoked heartbreak and destruction, the once-awash city now features a landscape of resilience—both through its people and its infrastructure.

Rice Design Alliance’s Spring Lecture Series, New Orleans: 5 Years After, presents the ongoing recovery efforts in New Orleans, including city-wide planning and infrastructure improvements, local neighborhood reconstruction projects, and various other community efforts. Given its close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans, Houston and its residents can learn many valuable lessons about hurricane preparedness via the built environment.

The public and RDA members are invited to hear the following speakers during the series:

Wednesday, January 19- Douglas Brinkley
Professor of History and Fellow, James A. Baker institute, Rice University
www.bakerinstitute.org/personnel/fellows-scholars/dbrinkley

Wednesday, January 26- Scott Bernhard
Director, Tulane City Center; Mintz Professor of Architecture, Tulane University
www.architecture.tulane.edu/people/scott-d-bernhard

Wednesday, February 2- Ray Manning
President and CEO, Manning Architects
www.manningarchitects.com

Wednesday, February 9- Alejandra Lillo
Partner, GRAFT
www.graftlab.org

All lectures will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Brown Auditorium in the Caroline Wiess Law Building. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is located at 1001 Bissonnet (enter via the Main Street door.) No guaranteed seating for ticket holders after 7:00 p.m. Additional parking at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is available until 7:00 p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.

TICKET INFORMATION
Series Tickets:
$20 – RDA, MFAH members
$15 – Senior citizens 65 and older
$10 – Students with identification
$35 – Others

Single Tickets (upon availability):
$7 – RDA, MFAH members; Senior citizens 65 and older; Students with identification
$10 – Others

RDA will gladly make special accommodations for anyone needing assistance to attend a lecture. A minimum of two week’s notice is appreciated. Contact Kathryn Fosdick, RDA Associate Director of Programs, at 713-348-5583.

To purchase tickets, please click here, or call the Rice Design Alliance, (713) 348-4876.

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