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Cite 89

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News: AIA Collaborative Achievement Award, Anything That Floats, Fall Lecture Series, Brazil Tour, Houston Initiatives, Spotlight on Pezo, Charrette, Yoshio meets Norm
Sustainability: Coastal Tourism as Protection for Wetlands


Some Ado about Nothingness: Asia Society Texas Center
by David Heymann

Westheimer on Foot: Home of the Hip. Walk of The Brave
by David Theis

Hope for Growth and Community: The Development of the Texas Medical Center, 1945-2012
by Ben Koush

City of Import: an Introduction to a Special Series on the Port
by Raj Mankad

The Fourth Choice: Paper Cities on the Bayou
by Monica Savino

An Insider’s Chronicle: Father Rivers Patout on the Changing Needs of Seafarers
by Pat Jasper

The Eyes of The Port: The Words and Photos of Lou Vest
by Carl Lindahl

Ruin or Resource: Reconnecting the City and Ship Channel
by Monica Savino


Buffalo Bayou: An Echo of Houston’s Wilderness Beginnings by Louis Aulbach
Reviewed by Ann Sieber

MFAH Selects: New Books on Architecture and Design


Houston Sets Sights on World Stage
by Ronnie Self

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Cite 87

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?

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Cite 86

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.

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Cite 85

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.

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