Category Archives: Civic Forums

Civic Forum Explores Houston’s Wards

Until 1905, Houston was organized geographically and politically into six districts, or wards. A new city charter made the wards unnecessary, but their boundaries have been used informally and imaginatively ever since to help Houstonians maintain a sense of place and identity. RDA is hosting a free civic forum on Tuesday, March 24, featuring a panel of historians, writers, and community activists who will share their stories from Houston’s wards. Read More

2015 Civic Forum: inWARDS: Reflections on Houston’s Wards

inWARDS: Reflections on Houston’s Wards was a civic forum with short presentations and a moderated discussion among panelists and audience members. The forum was held March 24, 2015, at the Brown Auditorium at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Panelists included Jim Parsons of Preservation Houston, Pat Jasper of the Houston Arts Alliance, Assata Richards of Project Row Houses and the Sankofa Research Institute, and Houston Poet Laureate and writer Gwendolyn Zepeda. Moderated by Florence Tang of StudioMET Architects. The forum was presented in conjunction with RDA’s 40th annual architecture tour, afterWARDS: An Architecture Tour of Houston’s Wards and Beyond.

Fall 2015 Civic Forum: speculate

Albert Pope has imagined futures for Fifth Ward in which high-density developments relate to one another to shape shared spaces. Projection drawing: Tsvetelina Zoraveva.

Albert Pope has imagined futures for Fifth Ward in which high-density developments relate to one another to shape shared spaces. Projection drawing: Tsvetelina Zoraveva.

From reimagined bus networks to swimming holes, tiny houses to bold visions for the Astrodome, Houston is flush with speculative ideas that have the power to change how we work, live, play, and move through the city. Read More

2013 Civic Forum: Challenges of Climate Change, Part I

Rice Design Alliance’s 2013 civic forum: Environmental Challenges Facing the Houston Region Over the Next 25 Years

Part I: Challenges of Climate Change
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Panelists: Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist, Regents Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University, Dr. John Anderson, Ewing Professor of Oceanography and Director of the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University, Eric Berger, Science Correspondent, Houston Chronicle, Brent W. Dorsey, Director, Corporate Environmental Programs, Entergy Corporation

Moderated by Thomas Colbert, Associate Professor, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston

2013 Civic Forum: Challenges of Competing Land Uses, Environmental Justice, and Public Health, Part II


Rice Design Alliance’s 2013 civic forum: Environmental Challenges Facing the Houston Region Over the Next 25 Years

Part II: Challenges of Competing Land Uses, Environmental Justice, and Public Health
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Panelists: Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean and Professor of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University, Jim Blackburn, Environmental Attorney and Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law, Rice University, Dr. John Jacob, Texas Sea Grant Extension Program, Texas A&M University, Larry Soward, former Commissioner at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Environmental Consultant

Moderated by Thomas Colbert, Associate Professor, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston

Upcoming Civic Forums


The Rice Design Alliance will host a two-part civic forum featuring nationally known leaders in science, business, and law who will discuss emerging air, water, land, and health issues on August 21 and August 28, 2013. “Industrial expansion has driven Houston’s phenomenal economic growth and high quality of life. However, as population growth is accompanied by new coal terminals, expanded refineries, and port facilities for super tankers our region needs to think hard about the challenges ahead,” says Thomas Colbert, organizer of the civic forum and Associate Professor at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture. This forum was developed in coordination with an upcoming issue of Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston.

WHERE: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Brown Auditorium in the Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet

WHEN: Wednesday, August 21 and 28

COST:Free and open to the public.

Part I: Challenges of Climate Change
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 6:30 pm
Panelists:
State Perspective Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist, Regents Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University

Regional Perspective Dr. John Anderson, Ewing Professor of Oceanography and Director of the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University

Local Perspective Eric Berger, Science Correspondent, Houston Chronicle

The Economic/Corporate Perspective Brent W. Dorsey, Director, Corporate Environmental Programs, Entergy Corporation

Moderated by Thomas Colbert, Associate Professor, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston

Part II: Challenges of Competing Land Uses, Environmental Justice, and Public Health
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 6:30 pm
Panelists:
Environmental Justice Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean and Professor of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University

Water, Flooding and Competing Land Uses Jim Blackburn, Environmental Attorney and Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law, Rice University

Urban Growth and Agro-Ecological Infrastructure Dr. John Jacob, Texas Sea Grant Extension Program, Texas A&M University

Air Quality and Urban Growth Larry Soward, former Commissioner at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Environmental Consultant

Moderated by Thomas Colbert, Associate Professor, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston

Civic Forum Part Two: Challenges of Competing Land Uses, Environmental Justice, and Public Health

This two-part civic forum features nationally-known environmental scientists and researchers who will discuss our air, water, land, and health. While Houston is now experiencing growth and a high quality of life for many, we face major challenges ahead that call for a well-informed public.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Challenges of Competing Land Uses, Environmental Justice, and Public Health

Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University
Jim Blackburn, Environmental Attorney and Professor In The Practice of Environmental Law, Rice University
Dr. John Jacob, Director, Texas Sea Grant Extension, Texas A&M Univeristy
Larry Soward, former Commissioner at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Executive Director, Air Alliance Houston.

Moderated by Thomas Colbert, Associate Professor, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston

Brown Auditorium The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonnet
Admission is free and open to the public.

This program is supported in part by AGC Houston; Avadek; D. E. Harvey Builders; Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc.; PageSoutherlandPage; Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.; Walter P Moore; the Corporate Members of the Rice Design Alliance; the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Civic Forum Part One: Challenges of Climate Change

This two-part civic forum features nationally-known environmental scientists and researchers who will discuss our air, water, land, and health. While Houston is now experiencing growth and a high quality of life for many, we face major challenges ahead that call for a well-informed public.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 , 6:30 p.m.
Challenges of Climate Change

Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist, Regents Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A & M University
Dr. John Anderson, Ewing Professor of Oceanography at Rice University and Director of the Shell Center for Sustainability, Rice University
Eric Berger, Science Correspondent, Houston Chronicle
Brent W. Dorsey, Director, Corporate Environmental Programs, Entergy Corporation

Moderated by Thomas Colbert, Associate Professor, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston

Brown Auditorium The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonnet.
Admission is free and open to the public.

This program is supported in part by AGC Houston; Avadek; D. E. Harvey Builders; Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc.; PageSoutherlandPage; Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.; Walter P Moore; the Corporate Members of the Rice Design Alliance; the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance; and the Texas Commission on the Arts.