Category Archives: Lectures

RDA: Urban Growth and Competition for Water in the Houston Region

Held, Wednesday, August 24, 2011, the forum featured the following panelists: Jason Afinowicz, Water Resources, Freese, and Nichols, Inc.; Dr. James Lester, Vice President, Houston Advanced Research Center; Edward G. Vaughan, Chair, Texas Water Development Board. The moderators were: Eric Berger, Houston Chronicle Science Writer; and Thomas Colbert, Associate Professor, University of Houston, College of Architecture

Water is our most precious resource and this month, RDA hosts a two-part civic forum on water supply issues in the State of Texas and the Houston region on August 24 and August 31, 2011. Texas is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in its recorded history. Compounding this problem is the fact that many of the state’s aquifers have been in decline for many years. Water quality is emerging as a serious issue facing the Houston region. Will the state’s water supplies be adequate to support Houston’s growing population and continuing industrialization?

2011 Sally Walsh Lecture: Petra Blaisse

2011 Sally Walsh Lecture presented by Rice Design Alliance, The Rice School of Architecture, The Architecture Center Houston Foundation, and the American Institute of Architects — Houston on April 13, 2011 at the Brown Auditorium in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Petra Blaisse started her career at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in the Department of Applied Arts. From 1987, she worked as a freelance designer and won distinction for her installations of architectural work. Gradually her focus shifted to the use of textiles, light, and finishes in interior space and, at the same time, to the design of gardens and landscapes. In 1991, she founded Inside Outside. The studio works in a multitude of creative areas, including textile, landscape, and exhibition design.

Since 1999 Blaisse invited specialists of various disciplines to work with her, and currently the team consists of about ten people of different nationalities.