OffCite.org is the digital home of Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston, a quarterly publication of the Rice Design Alliance. Cite has long mixed an appreciation of high design with a shot of down and dirty civic engagement. The cover of the first issue, published in 1982, was graced by the image of a sewer manhole. “Trading Toilets: The Subterranean Zoning of Houston” shared the feature well with a review of the Renzo Piano-designed Menil Collection and an interview of Cesar Pelli. To subscribe online, click here. To find out how to advertise in Cite, click here.
The Rice Design Alliance and the Cite editorial committee launched OffCite in December 2008. OffCite features the authoritative and thoughtful voices found in the print magazine and seeks to bring additional writers to the discussion. The blog features reviews, architectural news roundups, photo essay outtakes, podcasts, and more. If bulldozers threaten a historic building, if a new transit plan is announced, the blog aims to provide a forum for reflection, analysis, and action. OffCite is supported in part by a grant from the Susan Vaughan Foundation.
The opinions expressed on Offcite.org do not necessarily represent the views of the board of directors of the Rice Design Alliance.
Few cities have their own architecture and design magazine. When Cite was launched, Houston was the landing pad of the world’s star architects, the Dubai of the time. Houston had bucked the trends of the national economy and anything seemed possible, until the savings and loans failed and the price of oil collapsed. Cite persisted. It cataloged the lost opportunities, lamented speculation unaccompanied by considered urban planning, and pointed to the troubling patterns underlying a rapidly changing environment. It was there for each new loop road; there for struggles over light rail, condo towers, and changing neighborhoods; there to bear witness to the oddities and unexpected joys of the city.
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Cite has been supported by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Houston Endowment Inc., the Susan Vaughan Foundation, Houston Arts Alliance, and the Texas Commission for the Arts. In addition, Cite was nominated for the prestigious Chrysler Corporation’s Award for Innovation in Design, which honors six outstanding designers or design teams each year. Cite has received awards from the Print Magazine, the national and local Art Directors Club, the national and local American Institute of Architects, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Houston Press Club, the Sons of the Republic of Texas, and the Texas Society of Architects.
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