Drawings, maps, renderings, photographs, and more were displayed in Anderson Hall at Rice University on Monday, August 4, at the reception and awards presentation for “Visions for the Village,” the annual design charrette organized by rdAGENTS, the young professionals group of RDA.
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.