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Lobby Urbanism

by Bryony Roberts
One Allen Center Lobby
April 24-30

Opening reception: April 24th, 5-8pm

For this architectural analysis of downtown Houston, Rice University architecture professor Bryony Roberts examines the tower lobbies as interiorized public spaces. Connecting surface streets, underground tunnels, and interior zones, the lobbies are complex spatial forms that shape social activity downtown. Identifying the different types of lobbies, Bryony hones in on four specific case studies that have the potential to activate both interior and exterior public space. The project proposes design modifications to these four case studies to catalyze better street-level public spaces. These evolutions to the lobby type aim to be deployed across multiple sites to improve the future development of downtown. The exhibit will feature architectural drawings and models of the overall network of tunnels and lobbies, as well as drawings of proposed design interventions.

The project emerges from Bryony Roberts’ ongoing research and design work on shaping public space, and on fostering exchange between architecture and urbanism. This Initiatives for Houston project is made possible by the Rice Design Alliance, and produced with assistance from Maia Simon and Sophie Jonson.

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