Resurfacing the City

A Lecture Series Presented by the Rice Design Alliance

This lecture series examined the renewed role of landscape and its emergence as an important motif in the discourse on architecture and urbanism. American cities are defined as much by their fields of landscape as by their monuments. As architecture has always been within landscape, landscape is within architecture. Recreation, tourism, and public interest in ecology and the environment make landscape projects the program through which designers, communities, and politicians seek to define the future of the built environment.

Resurfacing the City brought together the most innovative practitioners and thinkers of landscape as urbanism. James Corner of Field Operations will present the final lecture.

Wednesday October 4
Charles Waldheim

Wednesday October 11
Mary Margaret Jones
Hargreaves and Associates

Wednesday October 18
Julie Bargmann and Chris Fannin
D.I.R.T. Studio

Wednesday October 25
James Corner
Field Operations

Series Tickets:
$20 – RDA, MFAH members
$15 – Senior citizens 65 and older
$10 – Students with identification
$30 – Others

Single Tickets (upon availability):
$7 – RDA, MFAH members
$5 – Senior citizens 65 and older
$3 – Students with identification
$10 – Others

Cite 68: Fall 2006


Guest Editors: Thomas Colbert and Bruce C. Webb

Table of Contents

S.I. Morris | Brownfields

Endangered City
History in the Making?

Breaching the Walls: Solving the mystery of Texas’ most famous prison. By Thomas Colbert

Framing the Issues: The University of Houston plans for an expanded future. By David Theis

Park and Stay: A garage tightens the bonds between camps and commuters. By Reynold Scott Magnuson

Raising the Bar: Cesar Pelli’s new University of Houston complex shines. By William F. Stern

Spirits of Place: Jefferson Davis Hospital rises from the grave as an artists’ haven. By Bruce C. Webb

Review by Terrence Doody

CraftHouston 2006: Texas
Review by Kelly Klaasmeyer

The House of Memory. By Celeste Williams