Editor’s Note

I want you to tear apart this Cite. We intentionally put together this issue like a notepad. It might fall apart on its own. So tear out and pin up pictures on your cubicle wall or pull a whole article out to share with your best friend or file an article away or photocopy it 100 times or shred it or mold it into a model for a new city to replace this Houston.

We designed this issue as a onetime experiment to breathe fresh life into our use of dead trees. Community engagement is at the core of our mission, and increasing participation is the moti- vation for this issue’s format and content.

In this issue we create knowledge by letting our online readers drive the print lineup. We looked carefully at the statistics of our blog, OffCite.org, for popular posts that deserved the material joy and additional attention that goes into print. For example, the photos in Paul Hester’s “Houston by Dart Board” look great on the blog but are a real pleasure to behold in print.

Not all the lineup is blog driven, however. We have included two articles that are too long to read comfortably online—Hank Hancock’s piece on the Margaret Austin Center and Rubén Martinez’s essay on Marfa. Just as this format makes the handiwork of our printers more visible, both articles make communities more visible by the reframing of architecture and landscape.

Thank you for participating in Cite. Send me your thoughts.

Raj Mankad


Ana María Durán Calisto; Jorge Galvan; Hank Hancock; Paul Hester; Rubén Martinez; Sehba Sarwar; Brett Sillers; and Harbeer Sandhu.