Many cities are facing the end of the functionality of the twentieth century’s elevated freeways, bridges, parking garages, railroads, and waterfronts — not to mention the ways of life that these infrastructures encouraged. Well-known projects like The High Line in New York City show how overlooked urban infrastructures can be reinvigorated into public spaces that also reintroduce the natural into our built environments.
At a time when Houston has begun to reimagine our bayous as an amenity, transforming them from the utility of drainage ditches into the beauty of hundreds of miles of linear parks with Bayou Greenways, and when the impending reconfiguration of the Pierce Elevated around Downtown presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve Houston, the Rice School of Architecture and the Rice Design Alliance will bring three internationally recognized landscape architects to help us continue to consider how the spaces between our buildings — our infrastructures — might be where the future health of our cities, and our citizens, will be found.
Curated by Christopher Hight, Associate Professor of the Rice School of Architecture, Projective Infrastructures, the Spring 2016 RSA/RDA Lecture Series, will feature the following:
Wednesday, January 27
Founding Principal, STOSS
Associate Professor in Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Among many other projects, Reed’s firm STOSS designed a vision for the Trinity Riverfront, which combines commercial, residential, recreational, ecological, and environmental interventions to bring the river closer to the city, and the city closer to the river. He is also co-editor of a recent book of essays and drawings, Projective Ecologies.
Wednesday, February 10
Director, Atelier Girot
Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, ETH Zurich
Girot designed Invaliden Park, Berlin, one of the first open public spaces between East and West Berlin, which was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in 2005.
Wednesday, February 17
Diana Balmori, FASLA
Principal, Balmori Associates
Balmori Associates has won a competition for a Cool Gardens that was installed in Winnipeg and has also launched a floating experimental vegetable garden in the Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site, in Brooklyn. Presently, the firm is a finalist in a competition to reprogram the space underneath a Downtown Cleveland elevated freeway.
All lectures will be held at 7 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium in the Caroline Wiess Law Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. A pre-lecture reception will begin at 6 p.m. The MFA,H, is located at 1001 Bissonnet. No guaranteed seating for ticket holders after 6:50 p.m. Additional parking at the museum is available until 7p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.
$20 – RDA, MFAH members
$15 – Senior citizens 65 years and older
$10 – Students with identification
$35 – Others
Single Tickets (upon availability, sold 30 minutes prior to the lecture)
$7 – RDA, MFAH members
Senior citizens 65 years and older
Students with identification
$15 – Others
RDA will make special accommodations for anyone needing assistance to attend a lecture. A minimum of two weeks is appreciated. Call Mary Beth Woiccak, Assistant Director, Programs, at (713) 348-5583.