New Issue of Cite Looks at Houston’s “Beautiful Periphery”

Girls play at Thai Xuan Village. Photo: Paul Hester.

Girls play at Thai Xuan Village. Photo: Paul Hester.

Guest edited by two architecture professors at the University of Houston, the new issue of Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston goes outside Loop 610 to discover the beauty of strip malls, subdivisions, apartment complexes, flea markets, and more.

Editors Susan Rogers and Gregory Marinic, who teach in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, include an interview with Rice School of Architecture professor Albert Pope that helps to redefine the kind of city Houston is. Essays from urbanist Judith K. De Jong and Rogers discuss how mixed-use shopping centers and multifamily housing in neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Uptown, Gulfton, and Greenspoint have developed — and how they might need to develop in the future. And Natalia Beard of SWA Group illustrates how the flea markets of Airline Drive could become the heart of a new walkable district.

Marinic and Rogers introduce the issue with this call to action: “Houston — created incrementally and informally without a master plan or a grand vision other than its highways — reflects the human needs, daily routines, and conventional desires of its people. We must come to terms with the complexities, challenges, and futures of this landscape as a means to build a better city.”

Cite has been published by the Rice Design Alliance since 1982. RDA members receive a free subscription. Please visit offcite.org to learn more about the new issue, subscribe to the magazine, and search more than 30 years of archives — for free. The issue is available for purchase at Brazos Bookstore and River Oaks Bookstore, as well as the bookstores at the Menil Collection; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Contemporary Arts Museum; and the Blaffer Art Museum.

BLVD Place in Uptown. Photo: Paul Hester.

BLVD Place in Uptown. Photo: Paul Hester.

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