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Big Living in Small Houses in the Fifth Ward

Donna Kacmar is the author of BIG Little House (Routledge, 190 pages, 2015), a study of small houses designed by architects, and professor of architecture at the University of Houston. Here, she writes about four small houses designed by her students in collaboration with the Fifth Ward Redevelopment Corporation. The projects were presented to the […]

05.03.16 Architecture

Fifth Ward Stent: UH Students Shore Up Old Storefront with New E-Reading Room

You can learn more about “Inside/Out” at a lecture and reception at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston on Thursday, September 3, starting at 6 p.m. Visit the project’s GoFundMe campaign to learn about other ways to give back. Call it a transplant, an implant, a stent — third-year […]

08.21.15 Architecture

A Review of Buildering: Misbehaving the City at the Blaffer Museum of Art

Buildering: Misbehaving the City looks into our shared spaces. With very few exceptions, the works are set in cities — specifically, city streets. A wall text opening the show mentions “modernist architecture’s mechanical segregation of work and play” (ref. Alison and Peter Smithson). A touchpoint for me in the show is Bernard Rudofsky’s 1969 book, […]

10.21.14 Art & Culture

Kinetic Energy Corridors: CenterPoint and City Teaming Up on ROW Hike and Bike Trails

Last Friday, City of Houston and CenterPoint Energy officials gathered in Memorial Park to announce two separate significant agreements: one to convert city streetlights to LED and one to allow the city to develop hike and bike trails on right-of-ways (ROWs) on CenterPoint land. [The Rice Design Alliance, which publishes this blog, awarded a $4,200 […]

06.05.14 Infrastructure

ReFRAME: How Unwanted Cubicles Became Emergency Housing

Installation of ReFRAME x FRAME in Hermann Park. Photo: Patrick Peters. In 2011 alone, the Environmental Protection Agency noted that more than 22 billion pounds of furniture and furnishings and another 22 billion pounds of ferrous metals, much of which is found in office furniture, were discarded in the U.S. waste stream. Carole Nicholson, a […]

02.19.14 Architecture

Holding Ground: A Look at University of Houston’s “Environmental Past” Exhibit

Environmentalist and “philosopher housewife” Terry Hershey. Photo: Center for Public History at the University of Houston. “It is hard to be a female figurehead at 8:30 in the morning.” These were among Terry Hershey’s opening words at a 1970 meeting of the Soil Conservation Society of America (now the Soil and Water Conservation Society) in […]

02.17.14 Environment