Local and national panelists discuss urban obsolescence during Civic Forum 2019.

Our Civic Forums take place yearly to look at urban and design topics that are of particular relevance to Houston and its region. As such, Civic Forums look to provide an open forum to discuss and analyze timely topics that are affecting Houstonians, but which also have a larger national and international relevance. 

From flood control and resiliency, to transportation, environmental justice, neighborhood equity or a critical analysis of the effects of climate change, Civic Forums take on controversial topics to bring different points of view around the table.

Every year, we invite local experts and leaders to present and frame globally the impact of their work through a critical lens that can inspire others to understand the intricate and complex urban policies that regulate all aspects of our built environment.

The discussion, connections, and follow ups that they generate are deeply rooted in the belief that our city’s example can lead the discussion around some of the most challenging urban topics happening today, in an effort to identify new models for other cities around the world grappling with equally challenging social, economic, and urban scenarios.

Civic Forum 2020

Rice Design Alliance's Civic Forum 2020 will take place this fall through an online roundtable discussion format and will address the urgent need for quality affordable housing in our city. The forum’s speakers will encourage an active conversation amongst practitioners, city officials, researchers and housing activists about the value and need for skilled architectural design in the development of housing models in an environment otherwise largely dominated by real estate development schemes.