Category Archives: Civic Forums

March 1 RDA Civic Forum Focuses on Climate Change

Although many environmental impacts are associated with construction, climate change deserves a special consideration because buildings and land-use are responsible for a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions.  

The Rice Design Alliance invites you to join us for a free civic forum to investigate how construction methods serves a key role in the mitigation against climate change. We will explore the topic through a case study of the tallest mass timber building in north America, learn about why sustainable building is a primary consideration for funders and explore how architects and designers can work with the City of Houston on regulations relating to sustainble construction.

The forum will take place at 6 p.m. at in the conference center of Hines’ new LEED platinum highrise located on 609 Main St, Houston, on Wednesday, March 1st.  Moderated by Rice University Sustainability Officer Richard Johnson, it will include presentations by the following panelists:
 
Albert Pope, Gus Wortham Professor, Rice Architecture
Steve Stelzer, Program Director of City of Houston Green Building Resource Center
Stephen Cavanaugh, Principal Architect at DLR Group
Elizabeth Love. Program Officer, Houston Endowment
 
This event is free and open to the public. Parking is also free and is located in the parking garage attached to the building off of Fannin between Texas and Capitol. Take the garage elevator to Level 2 where the conference center is located.

RDA Civic Forums are made possible by our 2017 Underwriters and our sponsors, including Minnette and Peter Boesel, DLR Group, Hoar Construction, Skanska USA Commercial Development, Telios, and Vaughn Construction.

Rice Design Alliance civic forum explores Houston floodplains

The civic forum, Resilience H2Ouston: Living in Flood Plains, will be held Wednesday, March 8, at 6p.m. at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion inside the McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park. It is free and open to the public. Moderated by Eric Berger, certified meteorologist, the forum features the following presenters:

Alisa Max, PE, General Services Division Manager, Harris County Engineering Department

David Robinson, Houston City Council At-Large Position #2

Keiji Asakura, Principal Designer, Asakura Robinson

Wesley Highfield, Associate Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, Texas A&M University at Galveston

Ed Wolff, President, Beth Wolff Realtors

RDA Civic Forums are made possible by our 2017 Underwriters and our sponsors, including Minnette and Peter Boesel, DLR Group, Hoar Construction, Skanska USA Commercial Development, Telios, and Vaughn Construction.

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.

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

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