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.

Charrette participants will receive the full program that details these issues and presents further challenges when they arrive at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, at Hanszen College at Rice University.

Organized by rdAGENTS, the young professionals group of the Rice Design Alliance, “Visions for the Village” will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Architects, designers, artists, and other individuals, as well as teams of up to five people, are invited to register. Fees range from $25 to $35 and will cover the cost of breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day.

Download the registration form here!

A guided site visit on Saturday, July 26, will precede the competition. Results of the charrette will be on display and jurors will announce awards in Anderson Hall at a reception on Monday, August 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

Last year, a five-member team from Brave Architecture was awarded “Best Overall Design.” That year’s charrette challenged participants to rethink the campus and street presence of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft on Main Street in the Museum District.

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