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RDA News & Notes

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Anything That Floats 2014


What: Fourth Annual Anything That Floats Competition
When: April 12, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Sesquicentennial Promenade on Buffalo Bayou

Oh buoyancy! This year’s Anything That Floats competition will be held at the Sesquicentennial Promenade on April 12, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The competition is organized by rdAGENTS, the Rice Design Alliance young professionals group. Teams of two to five people are invited to spend the morning constructing their craft, on the spot, out of provided discarded and donated building materials and their own tools. Two members of each team must then test the seaworthiness of their DIY device in a race for time across Buffalo Bayou.

Each year, Anything That Floats teams are challenged with a new and different set of materials, which are revealed to them only at the beginning of the event. To compete, registration will be $25 for RDA members and $35 for non-members.

Attending the race is free and open to the public.

Download the registration form!

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REflections on RE-CRAFT


Melvalean McLemore represented her team to receive Best Overall Design. Team members not pictured are Peter Ho, Diana Ngo, and Octavie Berendschot.

To escape the summer heat, over thirty-five designers competed in air-conditioned studios on Saturday, August 3 for an intense eight-hour challenge to propose a new campus for the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC). The center is a nonprofit arts organization within the Museum District on Main Street. Their mission is to advance education about the process, product, and history of craft. The Rice Design Alliance’s (RDA) young professional group, rdAGENTS, hosted the event in the cool studios graciously provided by the Rice School of Architecture.

Participants had an opportunity to attend a site visit a week prior, Saturday, July 27, at HCCC on Main Street. That hot steamy morning, team members received a tour of the site, inside and out. They started under the shade in the craft garden amongst the cotton, bamboo, and indigo plants, they walked though the exhibition galleries, Asher Gallery, offices, and studios. The front door on Main Street was another stop to view the current façade and street view. A week later, at the charrette, each team received a program, which defined the issues of creating a cohesive campus that would encompass all the important aspects of the center and increase their Main Street exposure and identity.

On Monday, August 5, invited jurors consisting of HCCC’s neighbor Christine West, Executive Director of Lawndale Art Center; Ernesto Maldonado, principal of Glassman Shoemake Maldonado and HCCC board member; Sheryl Kolasinski, Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer of the Menil Collection; and Julie Farr, Executive Director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, deliberated over the 10 entries. They determined the team that addressed the most aspects of the program in the clearest manner.

The Brave Architecture team (Team 5) made up of Diana Ngo, Peter Ho, Melvalean McLemore, and Octavie Berendschot were the winners of “Best Overall” award for their designs and ideas. The judges liked how they closed in the garden, creating essentially one entrance, and their design was clearly defined.

Cre8 Architects team (Team 8) made up of Amber Moncla, Stein Hansen, Stein Hansen, Bayardo Selva, and Luis Fernandez received “Best BIG Idea” award for their entry that proposed to close a portion of Rosedale Street and create a larger block with well-defined areas for exhibitions, programming, and creating a plaza. Clark Condon’s team (Team 6) made up of Sarah Smith, Luis Hildalgo, Jason Rainosek, Luke Love, and Taylor McNeill received “Best Garden Design” for their garden layout and good presentation. The garden area recreated the repetitious of Cs from the logo.

Below are galleries of the team entries.

Team 1
Shawn Wright
Ned Dodington
Jessica Knapp
Grace Rodriquez
Jonathan Lampson

Team 2
Jonathan McMillian
Joe Cowan
Riley Anderson
Stephen Evans

Team 3
Philip LeBlanc
Rudy Fabre

Team 4
Erin Shedd
Alfonso Hernandez
Valeriya Bowker

Team 5
Melvalean McLemore
Peter Ho
Diana Ngo
Octavie Berendschot

Team 6
Taylor McNeill
Jason Rainosek
Sarah Smith
Luke Love
Luis Hildalgo

Team 7
Courtney Harper
Kyle Thiel
Scott Brooks
Shih Wei

Team 8
Amber Moncla
Bayardo Selva
Stein Hansen
Luis Fernandez

Team 9
Arnika Shroff
Marquez Colby
Anthony Vu
Justin Mason
Robert Morris

Team 10
Anna Naydenova

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Anything That Floats…finally!

The third annual Anything That Floats competition took place Saturday, June 22 at Sesquicentennial Park after being rescheduled from May 4, Kentucky Derby Day. Still, seven teams came out to Race for the Roses in their boats created from discarded building materials. The teams wrangled with the materials that were generously donated by J.E. Dunn, Chamberlin Roofing + Waterproofing and Gilbane. Two guest judges, KHOU 11 New’s Katherine Whaley and Chamberlin’s Doug Combes, scrutinized the boats’ materials and deliberated over the winners. The winning crew, Nathan McCormick, Roni Garrett, Claire Janak, John Graca and Patrick Noble, received the coveted captain’s wheel. Their actual race time tied with Mark Danna and Mark Smith, but the challenges to reduce seconds helped them win by a head!

Thank you to the coverage from the Houston Chronicle (pre and post), Great Day Houston, CultureMap and KHOU!

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2013 Design Charrette– RE-CRAFT

WHAT: Re-Craft: A New Palette for HCCC, 2013 Rice Design Alliance Design Charrette

WHEN: A site visit for the participants will take place on Saturday, July 27, at 9:00 a.m. at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street. The Charrette will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Rice School of Architecture where there will also be a reception held on Monday, August 5, from 6-8 p.m. at which time the winners will be announced.

WHERE: Rice University, School of Architecture, Anderson Hall (Building 4), 6100 Main Street (Off Entrance 1).

Register online click HERE!

Rice Design Alliance’s 2013 design charrette will challenge participants to integrate the campus of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC). HCCC is a nonprofit arts organization located in the Museum District on Main Street. Its mission is to advance education about the product, process, and history of craft. Since opening in 2001, they have hosted over 130 exhibitions, over 85 Artist in Residences, and educated numerous children and adults through their workshops and outreach programs. The museum-quality exhibitions bring 29,000 visitors a year through their galleries, which are free and open to the public, and they reach an additional 8,000 through their educational programs.

Charrette participants will be challenged to brainstorm general solutions to integrate different aspects of the center, including ways to help increase visibility on Main Street. More information and program elements will be presented to participants on the day of the charrette.

rdAGENTS, Rice Design Alliance’s young professional group, invites interested parties to participate in the juried competition. An entry fee of $25 for RDA members and $35 for non-members will cover breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day. Jurors for the competition will announce the winning designs at an evening reception at the Rice School of Architecture, open to the public, on Monday, August 5, 2013.

For more information please call 713-348-4876.

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Second Annual Anything That Floats

Anything That Floats challenges participants to build a device to float a short distance along Buffalo Bayou with discarded building materials provided the day-of by RDA. The competition is open to all!

What: Anything That Floats hosted by rdAGENTS

When: April 28, 2012

7:30-8:00: Teams arrive and unload materials along Preston St. between Smith St. and the bayou.
8:00-11:00: Build
11:30-1:30: Float, followed by Judging and Awards

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by RDA.

Where: Sesquicentennial Park along Buffalo Bayou

RDA Member Ticket Prices:$20

Non-RDA Member Prices: $25

To register, please fill out and fax or email this form to katie.plocheck@rice.edu.

A special thank you to our sponsors: Gowan, Inc., Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing, and JE Dunn Construction.

Rules:

• Maximum of twelve teams allowed for competition
• Maximum of 5 team members per team.
• No building will be allowed prior to event start time.
• Teams are only allowed to use materials provided by competition.
• Teams may use connection materials and tools in provided list.
• No power will be provided.
• Minimum of 2 people on the float
• Water aids will be in the bayou along course to help
• Team members on float are allowed paddles provided by RDA only.
• Team members may not use banks of bayou for propulsion.
• Team members outside of float may not propel float in any way.
• Water will be provided for teams.
• No alcoholic beverages allowed during competition
• Life preservers provided by RDA must be worn at all times in the water

Team members may bring:

Non-power tools, such as saws, hammers or battery-operated tools (there will no electricity at the site).
Tape (one standard-sized roll only, 180 ft)
Rubber bands
String
Nails or other connection materials

Parking:

Teams will be allowed to unload materials at Sesquicentennial Park along Preston Street between 7:30 and 8:00am in between Smith St. and the bayou. Vehicles will be allowed back after 1:00 p.m. to pick up materials.

Parking can be found underground in front of the Wortham Theatre.

More details on rules and judging criteria coming soon!

What makes something float?

Buoyancy, or the force pushing upward on an object in a fluid, is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object. The relationship between buoyancy and the weight of the displaced fluid is called Archimedes’ Principle.

Objects submerged in fluid appear to weigh less than they do out of the fluid. This is caused when the force at the bottom of an object in a fluid is greater than the force at the top of the object. The overall force is in the upward direction and acts against the downward weight of the object. The upward force is called the buoyant force.

So why do some objects float and some objects sink? The answer lies in the object’s density. Density is the relationship between an object’s volume and its mass. An object will float in a fluid if the density of that object is less than the density of the fluid.

Air also plays a role in whether some objects sink or float. A heavy steel ship is built of a steel shell with a hollow inside. So the volume of the ship is made up mostly of air. The ship and air together have a density that is less than that of water. They can displace a weight of water equal to or greater than their weight. As the boat displaces the water, the water pushes upward against the boat. These forces together cause the boat to stay afloat.

The cargo on a boat also becomes a factor. If a boat is loaded with too much cargo, it will have a higher density and will ride lower in the water because it has to displace more water to stay afloat.

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rdAGENTS happy hour

Where: Haven
When: Thursday, July 14 from 5:30 to 7:00p

rdAGENTS, please join us for a happy hour with Houston’s Emerging Professionals this Thursday, July 14.

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Charrette Shop: Workshop Houston Chosen for 2011 Design Charrette

WHAT: 2011 Rice Design Alliance Design Charrette

WHEN: Saturday, August 6, 2011, 8:00 am- 4:00 pm. Reception** will be held
Monday, August 8, from 6-8 pm.

WHERE: Rice University, School of Architecture, Anderson Hall (Building 4)
6100 Main Street (Off Entrance 1).

Rice Design Alliance’s 2011 design charrette will focus on creating a plan for Workshop Houston’s future—a non-profit organization located in Houston’s Third Ward whose mission is to provide youth with creative, technical, and educational resources. These resources take place through five “shops”—the “Scholar Shop,” the “Beat Shop,” the “Bike Shop,” the “Chopper Shop,” and the “Style Shop”—each focused on nurturing students’ practical and creative skills.

The charrette, named “Charrette Shop,” will seek to maximize the efficiency of Workshop Houston’s current space, and build a plan for expanding the space. More information will be delivered to participants on the day of the charrette.

rdAGENTS, Rice Design Alliance’s young professional’s group, invite interested parties to participate in the juried competition. An entry fee of $20 for RDA members and $30 for non-members will cover breakfast, lunch, and refreshments at day’s end. The competition is open to architects and non-architects, designers, individuals or teams of up to five.

To register online, click here. For more information please call 713.348.4976.

** Jurors for the competition will announce the winning designs at the evening reception, open to the public on Monday, August 8, 2011. **

We would like to thank our contributing firms Colby Design, Houston Trust Company, Gant Architects, Garza+McLain Structural Engineers, Inc., Val Glitsch FAIA, HFP Acoustical Consultants Inc., Knoll, Miller Dahlstrand Architects, Murphy Mears Architects, Oxford Builders, Inc., Rentacrate LLC, Stone Construction, Straus Systems, Transwestern, and Walker Parking Consultants/Engineers, Inc.

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Anything That Floats

Anything That Floats challenges participants to build a device to float a short distance along Buffalo Bayou with discarded building materials provided the day-of by RDA.

What: Anything That Floats hosted by rdAGENTS, followed Bayou Buddies’ Bayou Bash from 1- 4p.m., where participants can enjoy live music, pontoon boat rides, crawfish, and libations.

When: April 9, 2011

7:30-8:00: Teams arrive and unload materials along Preston St. between Smith St. and the bayou.
8:00-11:00: Build
11:30-1:30: Float, followed by Judging and Awards

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by RDA.

Bayou Bash begins at 1:00 p.m.

Where: Sesquicentennial Park along Buffalo Bayou

RDA Member Ticket Prices:

Anything That Floats only: $20
Anything That Floats + Bayou Bash: $35

Non-RDA Member Prices:

Anything That Floats only: $25
Anything That Floats + Bayou Bash: $40

To purchase tickets and register for the event, click here.

Parking:

Teams will be allowed to unload materials at Sesquicentennial Park along Preston Street between 7:30 and 8:00am in between Smith St. and the bayou. Vehicles will be allowed back after 1:00 p.m. to pick up materials.

Parking can be found underground in front of the Wortham Theatre.

Float Course:
Course will run downstream on Buffalo Bayou for approx. 100 feet

Team members may bring:

Non-power tools, such as saws, hammers or battery-operated tools (there will no electricity at the site).
Tape
Rubber bands
Nails or other

Judging Criteria:

Float must carry two people the entire distance. Any float considered for an award must complete the course with at least ½ of the float above water. If no float completes the course, judging will be based on longest distance traveled. Other criteria that will be considered for judging are:
• Innovation
• Creativity
• Floating solution that requires the least amount of materials

Rules:

• Maximum of ten teams allowed for competition
• Maximum of 5 team members per team.
• No building will be allowed prior to event start time.
• Teams are only allowed to use materials provided by competition.
• Teams may use connection materials and tools in provided list.
• No power will be provided.
• Minimum of 2 people on the float
• Water aids will be in the bayou along course to help
• Team members on float are allowed paddles provided by RDA only.
• Team members may not use banks of bayou for propulsion.
• Team members outside of float may not propel float in any way.
• Water will be provided for teams.
• No alcoholic beverages allowed during competition
• Life preservers provided by RDA must be worn at all times in the water

RDA would like to thank Gowan, Inc., Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, and J.E. Dunn for donating materials.

What makes something float?

Buoyancy, or the force pushing upward on an object in a fluid, is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object. The relationship between buoyancy and the weight of the displaced fluid is called Archimedes’ Principle.

Objects submerged in fluid appear to weigh less than they do out of the fluid. This is caused when the force at the bottom of an object in a fluid is greater than the force at the top of the object. The overall force is in the upward direction and acts against the downward weight of the object. The upward force is called the buoyant force.

So why do some objects float and some objects sink? The answer lies in the object’s density. Density is the relationship between an object’s volume and its mass. An object will float in a fluid if the density of that object is less than the density of the fluid.

Air also plays a role in whether some objects sink or float. A heavy steel ship is built of a steel shell with a hollow inside. So the volume of the ship is made up mostly of air. The ship and air together have a density that is less than that of water. They can displace a weight of water equal to or greater than their weight. As the boat displaces the water, the water pushes upward against the boat. These forces together cause the boat to stay afloat.

The cargo on a boat also becomes a factor. If a boat is loaded with too much cargo, it will have a higher density and will ride lower in the water because it has to displace more water to stay afloat.

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Willow Waterhole Awakened! Charrette Entries Online

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Dozens of designers came out on Saturday for an intensive, all-day challenge to revitalize Willow Waterhole Park in Southwest Houston. RDA’s young professionals group, rdAgents, hosted the competition that sought to maximize the 279-acre greenspace of Willow Waterhole, making the park a more sophisticated nature preserve.

Like last year’s charrette that focused on Galveston’s Seawall, the day’s program was divided into three tracks. The 12 participating teams of architects, graphic designers, and those passionate about the park chose between a Master Plan Track, which considered the park as a whole, an Architecture Track, and a Graphic Design Track. Participants were charged with taking the mostly vacant greenspace and designing measures to promote nature, unify the six detention sites of the park, increase public outreach and awareness, create opportunity for revenue, and showcase creativity and ingenuity.

The entries were blindly judged Monday afternoon by Art Storey, Executive Director of the Harris County Public Infrastructure Department; Ben Crawford, Senior Associate, Senior Project Designer HOK; Howard Sacks, President of Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy; Matt Baumgarten, Associate with SWA; and Roksan Okan-Vick, Executive Director of the Houston Parks Board. Winners were announced Monday night at a festive reception at Rice School of Architecture.

The team from TBG Partners (Team 11) won “Best Overall” prize for their strong representation of park connectivity. Team member Pete Simpson says, “Our main goal for the project was to make connections. We wanted to connect the park through contiguous greenspace for park users and wildlife internally, as well as connect to the community externally.” The team accomplished this by considering the ecosystems in the broader Houston region, with an iconic nature center, amphitheater, and viewing tower for the park.

Clark Condon Associates (Team 4) won “Best Master Plan” for their well-rounded, straightforward, nature-first vision. The team’s ability to unify the six disparate parts of the park were striking to the judges. The “Best Architecture” award went to Team 6 (Genevieve Buentello, Antonio Flamenco, Mike Garcia, Camilo Parra, and David Robinson). The team’s visual articulation of innovative elements like the multi-level viewing tower partly submerged in water were architecturally appealing. SHW Group’s team (Team 1) took home the prize for “Best Graphic Design Solution.” Judges responded to the team’s elegant response to the existing park plans, and their nod to the natural surrounding environments.

Below are galleries of all of the entries:

Team 1
Luis Ayala
Eddie Blanco
Ramy Hanna
Frank Kelly
Jorge Tiscareño

Team 2
Marcos Cabrera
Marquez Colby
John Luna
Robert Morris
Arnika Shroff

Team 3
Linh Dan Do
Megan Schneider
Sarah Simpson

Team 4
Riley Anderson
Jamie Hendrixson
Mary Keilers
Lindsay Landers
Paul Weathers

Team 5
Scott Dooley
Brad Ewing
Angel Rivera
Will Wilkinson
Shane Wilson

Team 6
Genevieve Buentello
Antonio Flamenco
Mike Garcia
Camilo Parra
David Robinson

Team 7
Ernesto Maldonado
Kristin Schuster

Team 8
Matthew Easterly
Katy Emde
Flo Hannah
Andi Ritchie
Don Verser

Team 9
Terrence Newton
Roselynn Newton

Team 10
Yogesh Arote
Theodora Batchvarova
Brian Janhsen
Chris McBride
Daniel Ortiz

Team 11
Kyle Grist
Meade Mitchell
Kinoto Miyakoda
Pete Simpson

Team 12
Aaron Beasley
Kenneth Beasley
Ray Mora
Evan Vargas

Special thanks to Karen Rose for spending the day helping all the teams with Civil Engineering questions, and for Lonnie Hoogeboom, who provided all the beverages throughout the day.

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rdAgents: Cultured Cocktails at Boheme

Please join rdAgents, RDA’s new young professionals group, for a night of fun and networking with “Cultured Cocktails” at Boheme on August 12, where a portion of the proceeds will benefit rdAgents. Cultured Cocktails, hosted by Spacetaker and Boheme, hosts a different local arts group each week for a special happy hour. Please come to continue celebrating the launch of rdAgents, meet new people interested in art, architecture and Houston’s built environment and learn more about RDA’s young professionals group.

Where: Boheme located at 301 Fairview
When: August 12 from 5-10 PM.

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