Table of Contents
News: Sally Walsh Lecture, Brazil Tour, Houston Initiatives, Anything That Floats, Mission Impossible, Mike Simonian the Impractical
Transit: Proposal for Central Station
Time Warps: Finding Houston in Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen
By Christof Spieler
A Story of Him, Him, and Him
By Brian Hammer
3 Chinese Architects on Tradition, Innovation, and Business: Conversations with Pei Zhu, Wang Shu, and Qingyun Ma
By Julia Mandell
Freedom and Architecture: An Interview with Feminist Economist Amartya Sen
By Raj Mankad
Cultured City: Forward to the Past: The Politics of Reappearance in Shanghai
By Steven Lewis
Taming the Concrete Dragon: An Interview with Scott Slaney
By Thomas Colbert and Raj Mankad
One Hundred Million Acres & No Zoning by Lars Lerup
Review by Kayte Young
MFAH Selects: New Books on Architecture and Design
The Farmer is the Man
By Shannon Stoney
The Fall 2011 issue of Cite (87) was mailed and is arriving at the Brazos Bookstore, CAMH, MFAH, Issues, Domy, River Oaks Bookstore, and other stores. Below is a letter from the editor about this issue.
The cover of this issue shows Dan Havel and Dean Ruck’s latest work, Fifth Ward Jam. Fashioned out of an old house, it looks like Houston’s culture—heterogeneous, exploded, twisted, improvised, and strangely beautiful. The editorial team was drawn to Fifth Ward Jam because of the way the splintered wood seems to focus a terrifying energy, like a plane crashed into the house and left a stage in the crater.
This issue of Cite features two ostensibly separate and unrelated sections. Guest editors Terrence Doody and Rich Levy challenged Cite and our readers to reflect on the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks well after the flurry of television coverage has passed. The second section emerged from an effort led by Jane Creighton, Pat Jasper, and Carl Lindahl to commission writers who have insider stories about Houston places. No connection, right?
The Summer 2011 issue of Cite (86) was mailed and is at the Brazos Bookstore, CAMH, MFAH, Issues, Domy, River Oaks Bookstore, and other stores. Below is a letter from guest editors Katherine Howe and Rafael Longoria about this issue.
Houston is not only the largest American city without zoning, it is also the only sizable American city without a comprehensive plan. This does not mean that there are no planning efforts going on in Houston. There are plenty of well-intentioned master plans for different parts of town, but these tend to be limited to relatively small areas, or focused on specific functions, such as traffic or public art. For years, local governments have been eager to delegate planning functions to any private group willing to pick up the bill – a practice that puts less affluent neighborhoods at a clear disadvantage.
This issue of Cite features articles on a broad range of topics. In all the pieces, the unpredictable development patterns of Houston play a role. The lack of planning and zoning here, or the “ad hoc” form of zoning as John Mixon describes it in his contribution, leads to innumerable challenges for individuals, communities, and designers. The vagaries of Houston’s growth at times feels like a game, fun and entertaining, grueling and shameless, rewarding some and relegating others to deprivation. Guest editors; Julia Mandell and Susan Rogers sought to highlight proactive responses and efforts to take a stand.