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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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New Design Ideas for Houston, and Houston’s First All-Star: Thursday’s Show (March 30, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: An artist’s rendering of a design for a “sky park” at the corner of Milam and Walker in downtownHouston. 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 exploring […]

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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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Affordable Housing and Retirement: Monday’s Show (March 7, 2016)

Posted on · A Houston-based think tank argues the greatest economic challenge America faces today is a lack of affordable housing. The Center for Opportunity Urbanism examines this challenge in a recent report entitled America’s Housing Crisis. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more from Anne Snyder, a fellow at the center. We also talk with […]

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Changing Houston’s Brand Through Industrial Design

Posted on · You may not have heard of industrial designer Henry Beer, but it’s likely if you’ve spent any time in the Uptown/Galleria neighborhood, you’ve noticed his street signs. He designed those striking stainless steel arches and street sign circles hanging above major intersections in the upscale shopping hub. Beer is back to work on more stainless […]

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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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Builders Try to Cross Buffalo Bayou on ‘Anything That Floats’

Posted on · What if someone gave you some miscellaneous building materials and told you to make a water craft that could carry a person across Buffalo Bayou? Well, that’s exactly what competitors try to do at the Rice Design Alliance’s annual “Anything That Floats” competition. The event is Saturday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. […]

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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 […]