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“We Just Needed Some Curly Engineers”: Terry Hershey in Her Own Words

Terry Hershey, who President George H. W. Bush called “a force of nature for nature,” recently died at the age of 94. She led efforts to protect bayous and was a speaker at the first major event organized by the Rice Design Alliance (RDA), a 1973 civic forum on flood management and the future of […]

03.06.17 Environment

The Building and the Bayou: Views of The Dunlavy

In the Kitchen, patrons point their phones toward the bayou. Instead of Instagramming their meals, diners at the small restaurant in the Dunlavy train their cameras past the chandeliers to the sprawling live oak that envelops one of the restaurant’s fully glazed façades. The interior fades into the periphery and focus shifts to Buffalo Bayou […]

09.22.16 Architecture

What Era of Design is Houston in?

The Cultural Landscape Foundation held its Leading with Landscape conference in Houston March 11-13. Charles Birnbaum, the founder and executive director of the organization, set the stage for a day-long symposium with a review of Houston history in which he suggested three eras: engineering (freeways), architecture (great buildings), and landscape architecture (today’s park renaissance). After […]

03.31.16 Urban Planning

The Houston Transformation and The City Beautiful: A Discussion with Andrew Albers and Ernesto Alfaro

The Cultural Landscape Foundation will hold a conference in Houston, March 11-13, called Leading with Landscape II: The Houston Transformation. The expert-led panels and discussions will feature the world-class projects by the leading practitioners working in Houston. This is the first part in a three-part interview that Cite Editor Raj Mankad conducted with Andrew Albers […]

03.07.16 Design

A Bottom-Up, Unofficial Guide to the East End and Fifth Ward Sunday Streets

The next Sunday Streets HTX is December 7 from noon to 4 p.m. along Navigation and N. York in the East End and Fifth Ward. The city closes the street to motorized traffic and opens it to human-powered traffic like walking and bicycling. This 1.5-mile curve through historic Houston neighborhoods becomes a 2.5-mile loop if […]

12.04.14 Art & Culture

Connecting Houston’s “Unnatural” Natural Spaces

“Infrastructure is our ecosystem,” Karrie Jacobs told an audience at The MFA,H, when she was in town for the Lawndale Design Fair last month. “Cities are our habitat, and manmade structures are our geologic features.” And she wanted to know what might be a “natural” place for human beings in this unnatural twenty-first century. Houston, […]

05.21.14 Design

ICYMI: Drawing the Menil Drawing Institute and Other News from February 17-21

Rendering of the Menil Drawing Institute. Courtesy: Johnston Marklee / The Menil Collection. The biggest news last week was the revelation of the Johnston Marklee renderings for the new Menil Drawing Institute. Here’s what Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne had to say about what the L.A.-based firm proposes to add to that neighborhood […]

02.25.14 Architecture

CiteSeeing: Silospace

Interior of gravel silo on Buffalo Bayou. Photo: Allyn West. OffCite invites short essays, reviews, and observations on specific moments and places. Interested in contributing your own? Let us know. The gravel silos stand in a row. Vines snake up one side; newer gray rectangles of paint cover up the surfaces that kids with cans […]

02.21.14 Unusual