The RSA/RDA lecture series, Near Future, brings to Houston five visionaries from a mix of professions whose creative work attempts to forecast the future. The future is typically represented in literature, film, and art as a distant fantasy — flying cars, robot servants, laser beams.
This year’s Rice Design Alliance gala, DRAW, will celebrate the life and work of William D. Kendall, FAIA. Kendall, who passed away in February 2013, began his architecture career in Houston in the 1960s, founding the firm that would become Kendall/Heaton Associates in 1978.
The recent success of Sunday Streets HTX and the launch of Mayor Parker’s Complete Streets initiative suggests that many Houstonians now clamor for a more walkable, more pedestrian-friendly city. But how can a city developed in step with the rise of this country’s dependence on the personal automobile become more walkable?
The new issue of Cite, “Beautiful Periphery,” was celebrated with a party at Minor Design in the Fourth Ward. The issue was guest edited by University of Houston architecture professors Susan Rogers and Gregory Marinic; Minor Design did the graphic design.
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.
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.
On May 29, RDA elected new board members and introduced officers to its membership. Officers for 2014-2015 include:
The sixth annual Rice Design Alliance Spotlight Prize will be awarded to Canadian firm 5468796, founded by Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic. The international award, which comes with a cash prize and an invitation to lecture at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, recognizes architects and designers in the early years of their careers.
Water Quality Issues and Solutions to Water Shortages
Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Panelists: Jun Chang, Civil and Environmental Engineer, Deputy Director of Public Works, City of Houston, Dr. John Jacob, TAMU/Texas Sea Grant, Director Texas Coastal Watershed Program, Dr. Hanadi S. Rifai, Professor and Director of Environmental Engineering Graduate Program, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Houston
Moderators: Mark Greenblatt, Investigative Reporter, KHOU, and Thomas Colbert
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?