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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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Airport Open Line, and The Good, Bad and the Ugly of the News: Friday’s Show (March 3, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: A terminal inside Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport. Photo Courtesy: IAH Website) The City of Houston recently received a $1 million federal grant to help build roadways and utilities needed to grow Houston’s aerospace sector. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about the grant and get answers to your questions about Houston […]

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Lyceum Poll and Houston’s Dangerous Intersections: Wednesday’s Show (September 14, 2016)

Posted on · The annual Texas Lyceum Poll examines a number of public policy issues in the state. This year’s 10th-annual survey looks at issues that might be addressed during this spring’s state legislative session. That includes some issues explored in previous polls, such as police discrimination, as well as new questions, like whether a wall should be […]

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Why Aren’t There More Women in Architecture?

Posted on · There’s a gender gap in a number of professions, but it’s become rather stark in architecture. Why? Are there not enough women interested in studying architectural design? Or are they not progressing in the field? We talk with Donna Kacmar, an associate professor of architecture at the University of Houston, about what it might take […]

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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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Animal Architecture: Bringing Sculpture Literally to Life

Posted on · When we think of a sculpture, we tend to think of something static — chiseled marble or molded plaster. But a new art project at Lawndale Art Center is a living sculpture of sorts. Architect Ned Dodington has created BioCity, a six-month sculpture/architecture/animal habitat project designed to attract living organisms to colonize the exhibit and […]

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Seat Belts on Buses and Heights Preservation: Thursday’s Show (December 3, 2015)

Posted on · Months after a fatal school bus wreck, HISD’s board approved a policy requiring three-point seat belts in any new school buses the district buys. The decision came on the heels of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changing its stance on seat belt use. The NHTSA now says all school buses should have three-point belts, […]

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Building Sturdy Structures on Houston’s Swampy Foundation

Posted on · There's a Bible verse that says famously, the foolish man builds his house upon the sand and the wise man builds his house upon a rock. But what if all you've got to work with is swampy, sinking clay? Paige Phelps was curious how Houston rose up from the swamp and managed to build shiny […]