Initially mapped in the 1970s, Houston’s floodplains continue to present unique physical, political, and economic challenges for architects and their clients. Read More
Twenty-one teams gathered on Saturday, May 7, in the Old Sixth Ward to participate in RDA’s second Instagram Scavenger Hunt, #HOU_OLD6, organized by rdAGENTS. Read More
See for yourself what makes a historic district unique and explore the architectural styles and details — from dormers to fretwork to wraparound porches — of Houston’s Old Sixth Ward during RDA’s second Instagram Scavenger Hunt, #HOU_OLD6, organized by rdAGENTS, on Saturday, May 7. Read More
On Friday, September 18, the Rice Design Alliance collaborated with landscape architecture firms, research institutes, professional organizations, student groups, and others to occupy 14 on-street parking spaces in Downtown Houston and transform them into temporary public spaces. Read More
A team from TBG Partners including Jacob Burgus, Lisa Girard, Lauren Norton, and Sarah Zelenak was awarded Best Overall in RDA’s 15th annual design charrette, 1:1: A Plaza for the New Big Brothers Big Sisters HQ, on Monday, August 3. The charrette was organized by rdAGENTS. Read More
The 2015 design charrette, “1:1: A Plaza for the New Big Brothers Big Sisters HQ,” is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, at Hanszen College at Rice University. Organized by rdAGENTS, this year’s charrette challenges participants to conceptualize a highly visible part of the new three-story headquarters, designed by Agency-Agency and now under construction on Washington Avenue, of Greater Houston Big Brothers Big Sisters. Moreover, the leadership of BBBS has discussed with rdAGENTS the intention to continue working with the winning team to realize their design and incorporate it into the building.
Charrette participants will receive the full program detailing the challenge and presenting specific considerations when they arrive the morning of August 1. The competition will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Architects, designers, planners, developers, artists, and individuals in teams of up to five people are invited to participate. Fees range from $25 for RDA members and $35 for non-members and will cover the cost of breakfast, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day.
A site visit on Saturday, July 25, will precede the charrette. Participants will be able to tour the location and take photographs. The time and meeting place for the site visit will be announced at a later date.
Results of the charrette will be on display and jurors will announce awards in Anderson Hall at a reception on Monday, August 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
Last year, a five-member team from Page was awarded “Best Overall Design.” The charrette challenged participants to create a new vision for Rice Village that improved the neighborhood’s identity and overall mobility for all users.
Now that METRO has rolled out the East End (Green) Line and Southeast (Purple) Line, even more of inside-the-Loop Houston is connected via light rail. The young professional group of the Rice Design Alliance, rdAGENTS, is partnering with METRO to challenge you to explore the lines and view the city through a different lens with an Instagram Scavenger Hunt, “HOUSTON: On The Rails.”
Taking place on Saturday, June 13, the hunt will begin at Market Square Park [click for a map] at 9:30 a.m. Clues will be revealed that morning. Teams will need at least one smartphone, a good map or app (such as METRO’s T.R.I.P. app), and a public Instagram account. From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., teams of up to four people will solve the clues and ride MetroRail to their destinations to photograph iconic landmarks, architectural details, and other bits of Houston’s built environment. Teams will post their photos to Instagram using the hashtag #HOUOnTheRails. The first team to solve all the clues and meet back at Market Square Park is the winner!
Awards will be announced at 1 p.m. Prizes (and some serious street cred) will be given to the top three teams.
Registration is $20 per team through June 10 at noon. After that, registration is $25. Download the full list of rules and a registration form. And don’t forget to follow RDA on Instagram at @RDAHouston.
Update, 3:35 p.m., June 17: We’ve had to cancel Anything That Floats this year. Please contact Allyn West at 713-348-5668 or allynwest AT rice.edu with questions.
Update: The fifth annual Anything That Floats competition has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 27, 2015. It will be held in Downtown Houston at Sesquicentennial Park on Buffalo Bayou from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The competition is organized by rdAGENTS, the Rice Design Alliance young professionals group. Read More