Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:30 PM
Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet
Followed by a reception
In Praise of Man-Made Nature
The real lesson of New York City's celebrated High Line is not that every city needs an elevated linear park, but that the features of our cities that we've long disused, ignored and written off as blight are actually valuable components of our unnatural natural environment. Long regarded as liabilities, abused rivers like Newark's Passaic, the Los Angeles River and Houston's Buffalo Bayou are being transformed into assets. Even the most obstructive, no-man's-land-generating form of urban infrastructure-the elevated expressway-can, with skill and imagination, be incorporated into metropolitan form of nature. While Frederick Law Olmsted's 19th century landscapes afforded an escape from the urban life, the 21st century approach to man-made nature offers a deeper immersion into our changing cities.
Karrie Jacobs is a professional observer of the man-made landscape. For ten years she wrote the "America" column for Metropolis magazine about how ideas and strategies in architecture and design play out in the real world. She's currently a faculty member at DCrit, the School of Visual Arts' graduate program in design criticism, a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure and a frequent contributor to Architect. She is author of The Perfect $100,000 House: A Trip Across America and Back in Pursuit of a Place to Call Home (Viking, 2006) and was the founding editor in chief of Dwell Magazine. Prior to launching Dwell, Karrie served as the architecture critic of New York Magazine and was also the founding executive editor of Benetton's Colors Magazine.
Visit the MFAH website and click the "get tickets" button; call 713-639-7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk to reserve your free ticket.
DESIGN FAIR 2014
April 23 - 27, 2014
Design Fair 2014 features examples of cutting-edge contemporary design, as well as vintage modern objects of the 20th century. A wide selection of carefully curated items will be available for purchase as part of the Design Fair, including furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion. Visitors to the Fair will be able to meet the designers and exhibitors for an up-close and personal look at the pace-setting designs of today and the mid-20th century.
The Texas Co-Op, a special section of the Fair, features individual Texas-based designers offering one-of-a-kind products. These new and emerging product lines currently are in small-scale production and represent innovations in industrial and object design today.
New this year...Talks Series. Houston is experiencing rapid growth and receiving international recognition for its art, culture, food and economy. From urban planning and institutional design to commercial and residential architecture, an educational section of the Fair will highlight different design projects from all over the city through a series of short, informal talks during the Fair Days.
Co-Curators: Tatiana Bacci and Cecilia Márquez
Advisory Committee: Tatiana Bacci, Anne Breux, Cheryl Carpenter, Jenny Lynn Weitz-Amaré Cartwright, Scott Cartwright, Gabriel Cuellar, Michael Guidry, Garrett Hunter, Karen Lantz, Cecilia Márquez, Paula Murphy, Cindi Strauss and Eleanor L. Williams
Preview Party & Sale
Friday, April 25, 2014
6 PM-9 PM
Chair: Anne Breux
Attire: Contemporary Cocktail
$60 per person for Lawndale members
$75 for non-members
(includes admission throughout weekend)
Shop early for the best modern and contemporary design at Lawndale Art Center. Sip on cool libations from Pisco Portόn and Saint Arnold Brewing Company and nibble on tasty treats designed by CULINAIRE amongst the finest selection of furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion. You won't want to miss this chance to pick up your next treasure.
Tickets available at the door or in advance via PayPal and by contacting Lawndale Art Center at 713.528.5858 or by email at email@example.com.
James Anderson, Jr.
Mark McCray & Bill Arning
Jeryn & Walter Mayer
Judy & Scott Nyquist
Lisa Qualls & Matt Scheiner
Nicole & Joey Romano
Christine & Ramon West
Saturday and Sunday April 26 & 27, 2014
10 AM-5 PM
General Admission : $5
Shop among a special selection of vintage modern objects of the 20th century, as well as cutting edge contemporary design. Specialist dealers will offer furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion for sale to collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27, 2014
11AM, 12:30 PM & 2PM
From urban planning and institutional design to commercial and residential architecture, an educational section of the Fair will highlight current design projects from all over Houston. Join us for short, informal talks with local historians, planners, architects and designers during the Fair Days.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Karen Lantz, AIA, of Lantz Full Circle, will explore a personal journey toward sustainable living in Houston through architecture and design.
Keith Koski, Building Materials Reuse Program Manager at City of Houston Solid Waste Management
Building a Reuse Culture - The City of Houston Reuse Warehouse accepts building material from individuals and companies, diverts the material from landfills, and freely distributes it to non-profit organizations. Our objective is to foster and nurture a culture of reuse and augment partnerships between community stakeholders.
Chung Nguyen, FAIA, of MC2 Architects, will discuss the design collaboration behind the Lake Houston Wilderness Park project.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Anna Mod, Historic Preservationist
Houston: Preservation in Progress - In Houston, preservation is a work in progress. The city has come a long way and we no longer "tear everything down", as was our old reputation. We have made progress. This presentation focuses on twenty-first century public and non-profit preservation projects to evidence the city's commitment to our great public buildings.
Anne Olson, President of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Buffalo Bayou Partnership: Creating Green Spaces and People Places - Olsen will discuss Buffalo Bayou Partnership's restoration efforts along Houston's historic waterway. Projects to be featured include the award-winning Sabine Promenade, Sesquicentennial Park and the $58 million Buffalo Bayou Park now under construction. Public artworks and the organization's programming activities also will be highlighted.
Jeff Kaplan, Founder of New Living
It's Not Just About the Food - In order to incubate a Marketplace for clean, local production of goods, it requires a community of supporters. Kaplan's talk will speak to the need for artisan producers to channel the success of the food movement, and work together to educate our city that locally produced goods have a meaningful place and deserve to be priced fairly.