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Panel Discussion: Future Urbanisms, Genetic Cities

19:08 - 14 June, 2017
Panel Discussion: Future Urbanisms, Genetic Cities

With Thom Mayne and Wolf D. Prix, on the occasion of the exhibition Houston: Genetic City. Envisioning a Future Post-Industry, Post-Oil, Post-Sprawl at Aedes Architecture Forum.

Steven Holl Architects Break Ground on Houston Museum of Fine Arts Extension

06:00 - 6 June, 2017
Steven Holl Architects Break Ground on Houston Museum of Fine Arts Extension, Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has broken ground on the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building for Modern and Contemporary Art at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. Selected through an international competition in 2012 among finalists Snøhetta and Morphosis Architects, the winning proposal is a 164,000-square-foot museum building that will be one of the campus’s two newest additions. To expand and unite its campus as an integral experience, the Museum is also realizing a new Glassell School of Art also designed by Steven Holl Architects, totaling a 14-acre redesign led by the office.

Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects +27

This Glass Bottomed Sky Pool is Suspended 500 Feet from the Ground

10:30 - 11 April, 2017

From the soaring infinity pool on top of Marina Bay Sands to a glass-bottomed pool hovering over a mountainous Italian landscape, it’s safe to say death-defying swimming elements have emerged as the most high-adrenaline trend in luxury accommodation.

Now, a new pool at Houston’s Market Square Tower is upping the ante even further with a transparent plexiglass wading pool that projects out 10 feet past the end of the building – and 500 feet above the busy street below.

Concrete Box House / Robertson Design

09:00 - 22 March, 2017
© Jack Thompsen
© Jack Thompsen

© Jack Thompsen © Jack Thompsen © Jack Thompsen © Jack Thompsen +32

Moody Center for the Arts / Michael Maltzan Architecture

12:00 - 24 February, 2017
Moody Center for the Arts / Michael Maltzan Architecture, © Nash Baker
© Nash Baker

© Nash Baker © Thomas Struth © Nash Baker © Thomas Struth +17

Thom Mayne Completes Research on Houston’s Urban Future

14:00 - 18 December, 2016
Thom Mayne Completes Research on Houston’s Urban Future, Courtesy of University of Houston
Courtesy of University of Houston

Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne has completed a three-semester–long study of Houston’s future, given its current sprawling urban conditions and rapid growth. The project, conducted alongside 21 University of Houston students and faculty members Matt Johnson, Peter Zweig, and Jason Logan, focused on ways of addressing the problems that arise from Houston’s historical lack of zoning in conjunction with the largely unregulated growth of industry and capitalism. These approaches include reinventing the current energy infrastructure, changing real estate and density, and leveraging the lack of zoning to generate new ideas.

Architecture Research Office Selected to Renovate Philip Johnson-Designed Rothko Chapel

16:00 - 24 October, 2016
© Chad Kleitsch
© Chad Kleitsch

New York’s Architecture Research Office (ARO) has been selected to lead in the renovation and master planning of the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. The project aims to modernize and improve the renowned structure, which houses 14 monumental paintings by Mark Rothko in an interior space designed to meet the artist’s precise specifications, and its surrounding plaza and reflecting pool. The original building was largely designed by Rothko himself, with consult from a trio of architects including Philip Johnson.

Michael Maltzan Designs "Experimental" Arts Center at Rice University

16:20 - 12 August, 2016
Michael Maltzan Designs "Experimental" Arts Center at Rice University, North façade of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston, TX. Image Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.
North façade of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston, TX. Image Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.

Michael Maltzan Architecture has released new images of their design for the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University in Houston, Texas, coinciding with the announcement that the building will open to the public on February 24, 2017. The building is conceived as a multi-disciplinary lab for creativity, which will contain “an experimental platform for creating and presenting works in all disciplines” as well as a flexible teaching space and a forum to host partnerships with visiting national and international artists.

Northwest corner of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University. Image Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. Flexible Gallery at the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University. Image Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. Northwest corner detail of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, August 2016. Image © Geoff Winningham North façade of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Summer 2016. Image Courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. +8

Esrawe + Cadena's Toy-Inspired "Los Trompos" Installation

06:00 - 1 April, 2016
Esrawe + Cadena's Toy-Inspired "Los Trompos" Installation, Courtesy of Discovery Green Conservancy
Courtesy of Discovery Green Conservancy

Colorful, woven spinning tops decorated the lawn at Houston’s Discovery Green park from November 14, 2015-March 22, 2016 as part of an interactive art installation by Mexico City designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. Dubbed Los Trompos, the installation featured twenty, 3D structures that also doubled as seating. Only two or more people working together could make the tops spin, “fostering an engaging connection.”

Courtesy of Discovery Green Conservancy Courtesy of Discovery Green Conservancy Courtesy of Discovery Green Conservancy Courtesy of Discovery Green Conservancy +47

Shotgun Chameleon / ZDES

11:00 - 8 February, 2016
Shotgun Chameleon / ZDES, © Paul Hester
© Paul Hester

© Paul Hester © Paul Hester © Paul Hester © Paul Hester +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Fourth Ward, Houston, TX, USA
  • Area

    1500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts Reveals Expansion Plans with Buildings by Steven Holl and Lake|Flato

00:00 - 16 January, 2015
Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts Reveals Expansion Plans with Buildings by Steven Holl and Lake|Flato, The Fayez S. Sarofim Campus. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
The Fayez S. Sarofim Campus. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) has released plans for an ambitious $450 million expansion that will transform it into one of the largest art campuses in the US. The 14-acre masterplan will include three new buildings - one by Texas-based Lake|Flato Architects and two others by museum aficionado Steven Holl Architects - connected by a pedestrianized landscape of reflecting pools and gardens. 

The first scheduled to break ground (this year) is the Steven Holl-designed, 80,000-square-foot new home for the Glassell School of Art. The L-shaped, pre-cast concrete structure will, as MFAH describes, pride itself as an extension of the campus landscape, featuring a stepped amphitheater that leads up to a walkable, trellised roof garden.

The Glassell School of Art. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects The Glassell School of Art. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation. Image © Lake|Flato Architects The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects +13

Rice Selects Diller Scofidio & Renfro to Design Opera House

00:00 - 21 March, 2014
Rice Selects Diller Scofidio & Renfro to Design Opera House, Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center / Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects with FXFOWLE (Click image for more). Image © Iwan Baan
Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center / Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects with FXFOWLE (Click image for more). Image © Iwan Baan

Rice University has commissioned Diller Scofidio & Renfro to transform an existing parking lot between Alice Pratt Brown Hall, the home of Rice's Shepherd School of Music, and Rice Stadium into a 600-seat opera theater. Charles Renfro, a 1989 Rice graduate and the project’s lead architect, stated: "It feels really natural in a lot of ways to be returning to campus, a place I've spent so much time and love so much." Completion is scheduled for 2018. 

Johnston Marklee's Design for Menil Drawing Institute To Harness Gradients of Light

01:00 - 24 February, 2014
Johnston Marklee's Design for Menil Drawing Institute To Harness Gradients of Light, Menil Drawing Institute at dusk, looking past the west entrance courtyard. Image Courtesy of Johnston Marklee / The Menil Collection
Menil Drawing Institute at dusk, looking past the west entrance courtyard. Image Courtesy of Johnston Marklee / The Menil Collection

As we reported last weekThe Menil Collection has unveiled details on the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI), designed by Los Angeles-based Johnston Marklee, in Houston, Texas. The building will be the first freestanding facility in the United States created especially for the exhibition, study, storage, and conservation of modern and contemporary drawings. 

Situated in an extensive 30-acre masterplan designed by David Chipperfield Architects, the institute will be located amongst Renzo Piano's main museum building, Piano's Cy Twombly Gallery, the Dan Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall, and the Rothko Chapel. More info on the design, and all the renderings, after the break.

Details Emerge on Johnston Marklee’s Design for the Menil Drawing Institute

17:25 - 20 February, 2014
Details Emerge on Johnston Marklee’s Design for the Menil Drawing Institute, © Johnston Marklee
© Johnston Marklee

The Menil Collection has unveiled details of the long-awaited Menil Drawing Institute, designed by Los Angeles-based Johnston Marklee, in Houston, Texas. The modest, $40 million institute is projected to be the first freestanding facility in America dedicated to modern and contemporary drawing, as well as the Menil’s first major expansion under the ambitious 30-acre master plan designed by David Chipperfield Architects. 

Details on the design, after the break...

Design: A Long Term Preventative Medicine

00:00 - 15 December, 2013
Design: A Long Term Preventative Medicine, New York City's High Line. Image © Iwan Baan
New York City's High Line. Image © Iwan Baan

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism has produced a new report examining urban health in eight of the USA’s largest cities, which has been translated into a collection of meaningful findings for architects, designers, and urban planners. With more than half of the world’s population living in urban areas - a statistic which is projected to grow to 70% by 2050 - the report hinges around the theory that “massive urbanization can negatively affect human and environmental health in unique ways” and that, in many cases, these affects can be addressed by architects and designers by the way we create within and build upon our cities.

BBVA Compass Stadium / Populous

01:00 - 13 September, 2013
© Geoffrey Lyons
© Geoffrey Lyons
  • Architects

  • Location

    YES Prep - East End Campus, 8329 Lawndale Street, Houston, TX 77012, United States
  • Area

    340000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Geoffrey Lyons © Geoffrey Lyons © Geoffrey Lyons © Geoffrey Lyons +14

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) Chosen as Landscape Architect for Menil Collection Master Plan

23:00 - 8 July, 2013
Courtesy of www.mvvainc.com
Courtesy of www.mvvainc.com

In another pleasing step forward in its ultimate execution of David Chipperfield‘s master plan for the museum campus, the Menil Collection has hired Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to design a new landscape for the 30-acre neighborhood that connects more than a half-dozen museum buildings.  

2013 Sally Walsh Lecture: Moving House / Jeanne Gang

00:00 - 25 March, 2013
2013 Sally Walsh Lecture: Moving House / Jeanne Gang, Brick-Weave House / Studio Gang Architects
Brick-Weave House / Studio Gang Architects

On March 26th, architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects will discuss how housing can evolve in multiple ways to address contemporary challenges in "Moving House," delivered as the Rice Design Alliance's 2013 Sally Walsh Lecture at the The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Dedicated to "honoring Walsh’s groundbreaking foray into modern design by bringing cutting edge designers to Houston," the lecture is sponsored in collaboration with the Rice School of Architecture, the AIA Houston Chapter, and the Architecture Center Houston Foundation.