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2014 Design Charrette: “Visions for the Village”

Replica Village Arcade signage on University Boulevard. Photo: Allyn West.

Replica Village Arcade signage on University Boulevard. Photo: Allyn West.

This year’s design charrette, “Visions for the Village,” will challenge participants to imagine how Rice Village will evolve within Houston’s continuing evolution. Considered one of the city’s most desirable areas, Rice Village is poised for growth, but issues with mobility, walkability, and accessibility remain.

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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!

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

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!

2013 Design Charrette Reception


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

WHEN: Monday, August 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

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

WHO: The competition is open to architects and non-architects, designers, individuals, with teams of up to five.

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. Jurors for the competition will announce the winning designs!

2013 Design Charrette

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

WHEN: The Charrette will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 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.

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

WHO: The competition is open to architects and non-architects, designers, individuals, with teams of up to five.

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.

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.

An entry fee of $25 for RDA members and $35 for non-members will cover breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day. To Sign up CLICK HERE!

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.

Anything That Floats 2013: June 22

Whoever said that the “most exciting two minutes in sports” was the Kentucky Derby has not been to Anything That Floats! This year will be derby-themed, so if you’re coming to watch wear your best derby gear. As a team member, you may also participate this year in a jockey costume contest for extra points!

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! You don’t have to be a designer.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 8a.

What: Anything That Floats hosted by rdAGENTS

When: Saturday, June 22, 2013

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

Please click here for rules and items allowed.

Team sizes are limited to 5 people per team.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by RDA.

Where: Sesquicentennial Park along Buffalo Bayou

RDA Member Ticket Prices:$25

Non-RDA Member Prices: $35

To register, please fill out and fax or email this application to mbwoiccak@rice.edu.

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.

rdAGENT event: Sky High Sports Jump Party

What: On January 30, we’re heading to Sky High Sports Trampoline Park to jump around, let loose and have a good time.

When: Wednesday, January 30 at 6:30 pm.

Where: Sky High Sports, 10510 Westview Drive

If you’d like to come, please RSVP to katie.plocheck@rice.edu.

Reserve your spot fast! We can have a maximum of 24 people. The event is free — all you need to bring is an ID card. You can go barefoot or wear tennis shoes, but no socks will be allowed. Please arrive by 6:15 for a 6:30 start.