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What Could Houston Roads, Parks and Buildings Look Like in the Future?

Posted on · (Above: An artist’s rendering of a design for a “sky park” at the corner of Milam and Walker in downtown Houston. Image Courtesy: ByDesign/Gensler) If the future of Houston design was left up to the next generation of architects and designers, what would our city look like? It’s a concept Houston design firm Gensler is […]

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Architect Proposes Re-Purposing the Astrodome into Something Called A-Dome Park

Posted on · Officials are scheduled to meet next week to unveil final plans and cost estimates to re-purpose the Astrodome. Aside from what Judge Emmett and company might unveil then is yet another plan — this one from a Houston architect — that suggests stripping the Dome down to its bare bones. We learn more about James Richards’ […]

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Another Plan for the Dome and Post Oak Boulevard’s Place in History: Friday’s Show (June 24, 2016)

Posted on · Officials are scheduled to meet next week to unveil final plans and cost estimates to re-purpose the Astrodome. Aside from what Judge Emmett and company might unveil then is yet another plan — this one from a Houston architect — that suggests stripping the Dome down to its bare bones. On this edition of Houston […]

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Tiny Houses: The Next Big Thing in Houston Housing

Posted on · You might have seen them lined up on the side of the road for sale or on HGTV, where they have their own show. Tiny houses and tiny living are the big — or well, small — new thing, from homes on wheels to micro-cottages to a new, soon-to-be-built condo development called The Ivy Lofts […]

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Building the Astrodome: The Parallels Between Creating and Saving the 8th Wonder of the World

Posted on · As Houston’s NRG Stadium prepares to host the Super Bowl next year, that ever-present question remains about what to do with the neighboring Astrodome. Architect James Gast sees parallels between that debate and the efforts that got the dome built in the first place. Gast is the author of The Astrodome: Building an American Spectacle, and […]

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Building a Himalayan Mountain Out of Gingerbread

Posted on · On Dec. 12, 2015, AIA Houston (the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects) held its annual Gingerbread Build Off, where contestants — including local architecture firms — spend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. building gingerbread houses. Kathleen English and her colleagues at English + Associates Architects, had one of the winning entrants. They […]

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Take a Tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright House For Sale in Houston

Posted on · Not many architects’ names summon automatic recognition — but Frank Lloyd Wright’s does however. Born after the end of the Civil War, he trained with Adler and Sullivan, a Chicago architecture firm. He built his first home in Oak Park, a suburb of the Windy City and the home was punctuated by Wright’s now signature […]

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Architecture Tour Gives Houstonians Close Up Look at the City’s Most Notable Designs

Posted on · The 38th Annual Rice Design Alliance Architecture Tour will take place from 1 1o 6 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, March 29 and 30. Titled “Additionally,” this spring’s tour brings members and their guests to eight Houston residences, dating from 1885 to 1964, that have been given substantial additions in recent years by local architecture […]

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Houston Matters For Friday, June 21, 2013

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we explore why Texas leads the way in executions, and what it says about us. Also, the energy industry is a key component of Houston’s economy. We’ll talk with author Michael Leviabout his new book The Power Surge, which calls for a “most of the above” approach to America’s energy policy. Plus, an Astrodome update, and a […]