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.