If cities are their streets, as Jane Jacobs thought, then cars rule in Houston. Mayor Sylvester Turner has declared a need to change that, calling for a “paradigm shift” in the ways we get around. Already, we have seen the success of METRO’s bus system reimagining. And we have the energy of Sunday Streets and PARK(ing) Day. And we have the potential of real transformation with Bayou Greenways and the Houston Bike Plan. We can do more.
X-Change: EaDo Crossroads, the annual rdAGENTS design charrette, challenges multidisciplinary teams of 2-6 people to come together and take their talents to the streets. While exploring cost-effective design solutions, teams will be charged with reimagining an underutilized corridor in East Downtown toward developing what could become a pilot project for the City of Houston.
A $500 prize will be awarded to the winning team.
Here’s the rundown: In collaboration this year with the East Downtown Management District, the charrette will be held all day at Rice University on Saturday, January 28. You’ll want to bring your own computers and printers, as always.
A guided site visit will be held the week before in EaDo on Saturday, January 21. The site visit will begin at 9:30 a.m. at 908 Live Oak, next to the Columbia Tap hike and bike trail between Saint Charles and Live Oak streets in EaDo.
An exhibition of the work and reception will be held on Monday, January 30.
Registration is $125 for RDA member teams, $150 for non-member teams, and $25 for student teams. Click here to register and make a payment online. Click here to download the registration form; please return by email or fax.
Jurors and charrette advisors include:
Ernesto Alfaro, Lecturer, The Rice School of Architecture
Frank Liu, President, Lovett Commercial
Kyle Shelton of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University
Anton Sinkewich, Executive Director, East Downtown Management District