As Houstonians gather weekly at farmers markets and community gardens and urban farms sprout everywhere from corner lots to utility corridors to former industrial sites, the city seems host to a renewed passion for a habit of dwelling that feeds the spirit and the body.
The Rice Design Alliance will accept applications from January 11 through April 4 to the 17th annual Initiatives for Houston grants program.
Many cities are facing the end of the functionality of the twentieth century’s elevated freeways, bridges, parking garages, railroads, and waterfronts — not to mention the ways of life that these infrastructures encouraged.
“Today the term ‘ward’ is most frequently used in Houston to describe historic, inner-city minority neighborhoods. However, from 1839-1905, the wards were the city council districts of Houston.
More than 850 people gathered in The Westin Galleria to celebrate as the Rice Design Alliance honored Uptown Houston with its annual Award for Design Excellence on Saturday, November 14, 2015. The event, VisionEnvision, raised nearly $485,000 to support the educational programs and publications of RDA in 2016.
Farshid Moussavi, founder of FMA and Professor at Harvard University, speaks at the Brown Auditorium in The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on Monday, September 14, 2014. Moussavi was the first speaker in the RSA/RDA 2015 Fall Lecture Series, Seriously Cute, curated by Andrew Colopy, Assistant Professor at the Rice School of Architecture.
In 2016, RDA Hometown Tours will sponsor the first “home island” tour, Barbados in February, followed by the Twin Cities: Minneapolis-St. Paul in June. Architectural historian Stephen Fox will be joined by local architects and experts when we explore both historic and modern regional architecture.
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.
UPDATE: The civic forum has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 27!
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.