Category Archives: Exhibitions

Exhibition of 2012 Initiatives for Houston Winner at Architecture Center Houston

What: Panel Discussion and Exhibition of Bryony Roberts’s Lobby Urbanism, winner of an RDA Initiatives for Houston grant in 2012
When: Opens on January 15 at 5:30 p.m.; discussion begins at 6:30 p.m.; exhibition runs through February 28
Where: ArCH, 315 Capitol Street, Suite 120

This exhibition will offer analysis and discussion of tower lobbies as catalysts for public space. California-based architect and former Rice School of Architecture Wortham Fellow Bryony Roberts — who won an RDA 2012 Initiatives for Houston grant — examines how tower lobbies function as interiorized public spaces, connecting surface streets, underground tunnels, and interior commercial spaces. After categorizing different types of lobbies, Roberts chose four specific case studies in Downtown Houston — One Allen Center, 1000 Main, Wells Fargo Plaza, and the Hyatt Regency Hotel — that have the potential to activate both interior and exterior public space.

The exhibit will feature architectural drawings and models of the overall network of tunnels and lobbies, as well as drawings of proposed design interventions.

Along with Roberts’s introduction and presentation, a panel featuring Kristopher Stuart of Gensler, Joel Ambre of Skanska, Albert Pope of the Rice School of Architecture, and Susan Rogers of the CDRC at the University of Houston will discuss the potential for architecture to create more accessible public space Downtown.

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Click here for more information about Bryony Roberts. Read Helen B. Bechtel’s OffCite essay about Lobby Urbanism.

RDA: Houstonians with Initiative Exhibition

The Rice Design Alliance (RDA) is planning an exhibition of previous winning projects of the Initiatives for Houston grant program. The program supports projects that focus on Houston’s built environment, its history, present condition, and future development. The exhibition will run from January 14 – February 26, 2010 at the Architecture Center Houston (ArCH). The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, January 14, 2010 from 6-8pm at ArCH.

EVENT INFORMATION

What:                Initiatives for Houston Exhibition

Dates:               January 14 – February 26, 2010

Location:         315 Capitol, Suite 120, Houston, Texas 77002

Details:            Parking is available in the Hobby Center Garage

The exhibition will highlight and celebrate past winners of the RDA’s Initiatives for Houston grant program. More than 20 of the past grant recipients will be featured.

Snapshot 2007

The Rice Design Alliance (RDA), in collaboration with Lawndale Art Center, invited Houston design professionals to Snapshot: Houston Design on View 2007. This open-call exhibition ran at Lawndale from May 18 to June 16 and provided an opportunity for the public to view the wide variety of projects in Houston. This is the fifth architecture exhibition co-sponsored by RDA and Lawndale Art Center.

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Beer, Burgers & Barbacoa

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Donna Kacmar (Initiatives for Houston winner, 2006) and her team of students visited more than 25 taco stands, burger joints, and beer houses to research these unique establishments. The culmination of their findings was viewed at the University of Houston College of Architecture on Dec 6. The reception included a taco truck parked outside the building and ice cold beer inside.

Donna Kacmar, Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, received a grant of $3,000 for her proposal, “Accommodation in Houston: beer, burgers, and barbacoa.” Kacmar observed that Houston typically looks sparsely inhabited and unwelcoming when viewed from too far a distance. However, up close, the city offers hospitality to its citizens and guests through unique urban ritual sites. Kacmar studied Houston’s version of public accommodation through several non-traditional ritual sites – such as ice houses, burger joints, and taco stands – that are specific to Houston. 
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Beer, Burgers & Barbacoa

what-we-do-grants-initiatives-for-houston-2006-01-initiatives_kacmar1

Donna Kacmar (Initiatives for Houston winner, 2006) and her team of students visited more than 25 taco stands, burger joints, and beer houses to research these unique establishments. The culmination of their findings was viewed at the University of Houston College of Architecture on Dec 6. The reception included a taco truck parked outside the building and ice cold beer inside.

Donna Kacmar, Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, received a grant of $3,000 for her proposal, “Accommodation in Houston: beer, burgers, and barbacoa.” Kacmar observed that Houston typically looks sparsely inhabited and unwelcoming when viewed from too far a distance. However, up close, the city offers hospitality to its citizens and guests through unique urban ritual sites. Kacmar studied Houston’s version of public accommodation through several non-traditional ritual sites – such as ice houses, burger joints, and taco stands – that are specific to Houston. 
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Snapshot: Houston Design on View


The Rice Design Alliance (RDA), in collaboration with Lawndale Art Center, invited Houston design professionals to participate in Snapshot: Houston Design on View 2004. This open-call exhibition, which ran at Lawndale from April 8 to May 1, 2004. It provided an opportunity for the public to view the wide variety of realized and unrealized projects being designed in Houston. It was the fourth architecture exhibition co-sponsored by RDA and Lawndale Art Center.
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