What's the Plan?

April 25, 2018
6:00 p.m.

Hudspeth Auditorium in Anderson-Clarke Center, Rice University

Admission is free and open to the public.

Rice Design Alliance’s Civic Forum 2018, What's the Plan?, is bringing together leading national and international voices to discuss Houston’s post-Harvey urban future. Are we truly out of engineering solutions for the floodplains? What can we learn from prevention and reconstruction strategies in flood disasters happening worldwide? Panelists will discuss the current situation from a multidisciplinary perspective and will analyze the importance of looking at the challenges ahead through the lens of design-oriented solutions.

Panelists: Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Charles Penland, Director, Civil Engineering Services, Walter P. Moore; Albert Pope, Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture, Rice Architecture; and Beth White, President and CEO, Houston Parks Board.


Moderated by Dr. Naomi Hanakata, Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore ETH Centre and Visiting Studio Instructor, Rice Architecture.

Rice Design Alliance’s Civic Forum 2018 is organized in collaboration with Rice Architecture and with support from the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Sponsors: Louisa Stude Sarofim; Cardno; D.E. Harvey Builders; Hines; DPR Construction and Stantec; Walter P Moore; Endurance Builders; Gilbane; Parra Design Group; TDIndustries; Telios; Trammell Crow Company; and Vaughn Construction. This event is also supported by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and the Texas Commission for the Arts.