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Call for Submissions: PLAT 6.0 Absence

09:15 - 11 September, 2016
Call for Submissions: PLAT 6.0 Absence, PLAT Journal of the Rice School of Architecture launches its call for submissions for its forthcoming issue, Absence.
PLAT Journal of the Rice School of Architecture launches its call for submissions for its forthcoming issue, Absence.

What does it mean for design to disappear? Absence, often seen as the result of a destructive force, may in fact be productive. While presence implies creation, absence promises possibilities.

Architecture, despite being closely associated with ‘creation’, in fact oscillates between the construction of the ever new and the destruction of the same ones as time, new trends, and advances in technology render them obsolete. The line between nostalgic monumentalization and the inevitable reality of demolition is drawn to establish the life cycle of any building. In today’s design culture that is as impatient as it is impermanent, we

Rice University Fellow Creates Half House that Pushes Boundaries and Challenges Perspectives of Light and Space

14:00 - 27 August, 2016
Rice University Fellow Creates Half House that Pushes Boundaries and Challenges Perspectives of Light and Space, © Michelle Chang/Rice School of Architecture
© Michelle Chang/Rice School of Architecture

Visiting Wortham Fellow at the Rice School of Architecture Michelle Chang has created A,B 1:2, a twisted “half house” installation in the university’s jury room. Built at a half scale, the project superimposes and bisects two simple cubes, playing with light and shade through skewed windows in order to demonstrate how architects and artists think about space, as well as how drawings and renderings translate into physical constructions.

Call for Submissions - PLAT 5.0: License

19:30 - 26 September, 2015
Call for Submissions - PLAT 5.0: License, PLAT 5.0: License, Call for Submissions
PLAT 5.0: License, Call for Submissions

License can bind and it can liberate. A fantasy of disciplinary finitude, a professional architectural license bestows liability and autonomy in equal measure. In an abstract sense, to take license is to disregard established limits, to undermine the very idea of a closed and comprehensive disciplinarity that sustains licensure.

If licentiousness is derived from license, how do architects leverage this polemical condition to balance - or not - responsibility and invention? How does architecture's periphery change when license ceases to be a telos/terminus? What kind of authorities, criteria, and protocols emerge to determine whether an architect is fit to practice?

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.