Menil Collection architect Renzo Piano — whose addition to Louis Kahn’s Kimbell Art Museum just opened in Fort Worth — explains in an interview with Glasstire why he loves working in Texas: “You may be used to the light in Texas, but it’s a special light. It’s brilliant, stronger than usual. I remember actually one of the first things we did when I came in ’80, Dominique de Menil told me, ‘I want to go to Israel because I’ve been told that Israel is the same light as Texas.’ I don’t know why she said that. By the way, it was not true. But it is true that Israel has a strong light. But in Texas it’s also because of the latitude, because of the absence of mountains, and the clouds and the nature. Nature is also very spatial. It’s flat. When you plant a tree in Texas, it grows up. It’s a real forest.”
Category: Public Transit
The inaugural Sunday Streets HTX takes place this Sunday, April 6, along White Oak and Quitman in the Heights. There will be plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. But how, in Houston, do you get to an event that purposefully excludes vehicles? Here, Cite editor and long-time METRO rider Raj Mankad shares his insider’s knowledge about our public transit.
Ten years ago, I thought of METRO’s buses as huge beasts that might leap off the road and devour me. Now I use them to get all around the Houston region. Are there better transit systems around the world? Can we build a better system? Of course. Nonetheless, we do have transit, and certain aspects can work well for you.
Below are some tips I’d like to relate. I don’t work for METRO, so this is an unofficial and incomplete guide.