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. But these speakers — an architectural historian, photographer, production designer, architect and curator, and artist — examine the actual present conditions of our cities and combine both what is familiar and what is unexpected to speculate about the look of things in the next generation.
This lecture series will have a different format from others. On Wednesday, October 1, Jean-Louis Cohen, an architectural historian and critic, will introduce the series and explore its themes.
The next two weeks will feature a curated discussion between two artists. On Wednesday, October 8, Belgian photographer Filip Dujardin will be in dialogue with Oscar-nominated production designer K.K. Barrett (best known for his work with director Spike Jonze on such films as Her and Being John Malkovich).
All lectures are held at 7 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, at 1001 Bissonnet Street. A wine reception, sponsored by local architecture, design, and engineering firms, will precede each lecture at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase here or by mail.
$20 – RDA, MFA,H members
$15 – Senior citizens 65 years and older
$10 – Students with ID
$35 – Others
Single Tickets (as available, sold 30 minutes before the lecture)
$7 – RDA, MFA,H members
Senior citizens 65 years older
Students with ID
$15 – Others
Please alert us if you need any special accommodation to attend a lecture. A minimum of two weeks notice is appreciated.
This lecture series is supported by: AGC Houston; Arch-Con Corporation; Berger Iron Works, Inc.; Brochsteins; Cardno Haynes Whaley; ccrd partners; CEMEX; Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing; D. E. Harvey Builders; DIG Studios; Debner+Company; Fisk Electric Company; FKP Architects; Gensler; Gilman & Gilman PC; HOK; I. A. Naman + Associates, Inc.; Jackson & Ryan Architects; JE Dunn Construction; Kendall/Heaton Associates; Matrix Structural Engineers; McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.; Morris Architects; Page; Parra Design Group, Ltd.; Perkins+Will; Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Vanguard Environments, Inc.; Walter P Moore; Windham Builders; the Corporate Members of the Rice Design Alliance; the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
The Rice Design Alliance is an AIA/CES Registered Provider of quality educational programs. For each lecture, attendees will earn one Learning Unit, which will be reported to CES Records on the member’s behalf. Registration at the lecture is required. Non-AIA members may request a Certificate of Completion to fulfill state MCE requirements.