Can design ingenuity create a new archetype that promotes aspirations for Houston?
This year rdAGENTS are joining forces with AIA young professionals to host a design charrette to challenge teams to reimagine the site of the Meat Packing Building (noted below) along Commerce street. The site of the building serves as both a physical and conceptual nexus for urban design issues in Houston. Located within both the floodplain and floodway, the site raises questions about building in these highly sensitive locations post-Harvey. Set along Buffalo Bayou’s iconic trail system with an imminent new connection to the MKT Trail to the north, the site serves as a threshold between downtown and the Bayou Greenways system and creates opportunities for access and connectivity. Along Commerce Street, the building site has potentials for reconciling history with forward-thinking design solutions integrating multi-modal travel options/ Teams will be asked to propose ideas that would answer two questions. Could a new building proposal mediate the desire to build along a downtown waterfront to promote urban revitalization yet meet the strict criteria for floodway construction? Or should the site be transformed to greenspace to connect the street level to bayou level?
Here’s the rundown: In collaboration this year with the Downtown Management District, and Buffalo Bayou Partnership the charrette will be held all day at Rice University on Saturday, January 27. You’ll want to bring your own computers and printers, as always. Multidisciplinary teams of 2-6 people are encouraged.
A cash prize will be awarded to the winning team as well as an honorable mention.
Registration is $125 for RDA member teams, $150 for non-member teams, and $25 for student teams. Registration is limited to 20 teams on a first come first serve basis. Click here to register and make a payment online. You will need the names and contact for each member of your team to register.
January 19, 2018 – Competition Registration Deadline
January 20, 2018 at 9:30am – Site Visit from 1019 Commerce Street
January 27, 2018 – 8:30am to 5pm Design Charrette
January 29, 2018 at 4pm to 6pm – Presentation to jury,
6pm to 8pm, Reception and Award
Read more about Rice Design Alliance’s 2018 Spring Charrette.
When you participate in a Fight For Air Climb, you are stepping up to make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease. Participants raise funds to support the mission of the American Lung Association while training to climb the stairs of a skyscraper.
Whether you are climbing alone or with friends and family, as a part of a healthy lifestyle or in honor of all those who are affected by lung disease, you will achieve a sense of personal accomplishment as you reach the top of the building and the height of your fundraising potential. Every step you take moves us forward in our fight for healthy lungs and clean air.
We encourage you to start today and are here to help you, from the first step in your Climb all the way to the top.
Hosted By: TWA and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
What is QuailMasters?
A series of intensive, hands-on training sessions designed to expose participants to the best of the best quail habitat in the state of Texas and make them ‘masters’ of the art and science of quail management. Quail-Masters will enhance your decision-making skills relative to 3 phases of quail management.
- Habitat Management
- Population Management
- People Management
- Quail Masters Student (college) Registration $250
- Quail Masters Full Registration $500
Registration Deadline: April 6, 2018
QuailMasters Course Schedule
Requirements for Participation
QuailMasters is a prestigious, intensive program, and we expect 110% of our participants. As a ‘fledgling’ QuailMaster, you will be expected to attend all four sessions of the Quail-Masters program.
Who Could Benefit from Attending QuailMasters?
- Quail Enthusiasts
- County Agents
- Wildlife Biologists
- College Students*
*3 hours of graduate college credit are available for participation. NOTE: Graduate tuition is separate from QuailMaster’s tuition.
For more events by the Texas Wildlife Association (TWA), visit their Events page!