Monday
Jun222015

On the Porch...

Houstonia Magazine featured a Porch Street Development home in their current issue. Sarah Rufca's article,"The Porch Enjoys a Revival," reminds us of why the porch remains a mainstay of Southern vernacular architecture. You can read the article online or look within the June issue! 

The Porch Street Development is located in the Brooke Smith neighborhood adjacent to the Heights. The project was a collaboration between CONTENT, Southern Green Builders and Front Porch Properties

[left] Image via Houstonia by Max Burkhalter, [right] Porch Street Development, photo by Mark Sullivan

 

Monday
Jun082015

Houston Flood Relief Fund

Last week, Mayor Annise Parker established the The Greater Houston 2015 Flood Relief Fund. 

The fund will focus on aiding flood victims in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties who need shelter, housing, food, supplies, healthcare, transportation and child care.

The Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501 (c)(3)nonprofit public charity, will administer the fund at no cost, so 100% of all donations will go toward helping flood victims. However, online credit card donations will be assessed a small fee, typically 3%, by the credit card companies. Donors have the option of increasing their credit card donations to cover this fee.

To donate, visit the Greater Houston Community Foundation's Flood Relief Fund page. 

Thursday
Jun042015

DuJour Magazine - Summer 2015

The Bayou Residence is featured in the Summer 2015 issue of DuJour Magazine. You can read the full article here, or thumb through the entire issue here

Monday
May182015

Texas Architect

The Bayou Residence is featured in the May/June issue of Texas Architect! You can read the article in its entirety here

Friday
May082015

Kipling's Sliding Screen

Photo by Peter Molick

At the Kipling Residence, a sliding wood screen gives the owners control over privacy in the study and master bedroom balcony. 

 

Wednesday
Mar182015

inWARDS: Refections on Houston's Wards

The Rice Design Allicance has organzed a free civic forum that will feature perspectives on the origins and legacies of Houston's now-abandoned ward system. Architectural designer and journalist Florence Tang will moderate inWARDS: Reflections on Houston’s Wards on Tuesday, March 24, in the Brown Auditorium at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow presentations from the following:
  • Pat Jasper, Director of Folklife + Traditional Arts, Houston Arts Alliance
  • Jim Parsons, Director, Special Projects, Preservation Houston
  • Assata Richards, Ph.D., Director, Sankofa Research Institute; Community Liaison, Project Row Houses
  • Gwendolyn Zepeda, Writer, Houston Poet Laureate
The civic forum is presented in conjunction with afterWARDS, RDA's 40th annual architecture tour, which features eight houses (including CONTENT's Casa Lobo) in and just beyond the boundaries of the original six wards. The tour takes place April 11 and 12 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The tour is open only to RDA members. Tickets for the tour can be purchased online.
Thursday
Jan222015

Rice Design Alliance Spring Home Tour

Casa Lobo will be on the 2015 Rice Design Alliance Home Tour: afterWARDS! 

The tour is scheduled for April 11 & 12 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and features homes that both stand out from and speak back to the original character of Houston's six wards, emphasizing the past out of which Houston continues to evolve and expand. 

Visit the RDA website for more info. Tours are open only to RDA members, but RDA membership is open to the public. RDA memberships begin at $45 and can be purchased during the tour at designated ticket-buying locations or in advance online at ricedesignalliance.org and in person at the RDA office at Rice University.

Click here for Tour Map.

Monday
Jan192015

Best of Houzz 2015!

We're proud to announce that we've been awarded "Best of Houzz in Design" for the third year in row! Design award winners' work is most popular among the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community. Houzz has proven to be a great resource for both our office and our clients with more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals participating.

You can view our full Houzz profile here, or by clicking the award icon above.

 

 

Wednesday
Dec312014

Happy New Year!

What an incredible year! Thanks for all your support, friends. We're looking forward to more great things with you in 2015!

 

Friday
Dec192014

Happy Holidays!

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CONTENT will be closed December 24-26 and December 30 - January 1.

Happy holidays to you and your families! 

Tuesday
Dec162014

Town In City Brewing

Great news: our friends at Town in City Brewing Company are looking to begin brewing in their new Heights facility early next year! Keep yourself in the loop by following their facebook page or their website

These guys hit a lot of hurdles along the way, but we're proud to have been able to help them navigate the changing regulations in the City and are looking forward to celebrating with a cold brew. 

Cheers! 

Tuesday
Nov252014

Happy Thanksgiving!

CONTENT will be closed November 26-28. We hope everyone has a safe and delicious holiday!

Thursday
Sep252014

Jesse Hager Kicks Off Lecture Series 

Yesterday, CONTENT's Jesse Hager kicked off the Prairie View A&M Architecture Lecture Series with a talk entitled "In Praise of Walls". If you're interested in attending future lectures, or have an interest in joining local discussions centered around the built environment, here are a few resources you should know about:

Architecture Center Houston: ArCH is a collaboration between AIA Houston and the Architecture Center Houston Foundation. ArCH hosts periodic lectures, annual film festival, curated shows, walking tours, home tours and more!

Prairie View A&M School of Architecture Events

Rice Design Alliance: The Rice Design Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston. Check out the local tours and lectures!

Rice School of Architecture Lecture Series

University of Houston College of Architecture Events

Monday
Sep012014

The Honeymoon 

We're honored to have been a part of the renovation of 300 Main Street! The Honeymoon cafe and bar is the collaborative vision of Brad Moore and Ryan Rouse (Grand Prize, Bad News Bar, Lei Low) along side Matt Toomey and Charlotte Mitchell (Boomtown Coffee). Located downtown at the corner of Main and Congress, Honeymoon serves up tasty treats and drinks daily from early morning to the wee hours! KC Gifford was in charge of the build-out and Houston's Spindletop Design handled the graphics and branding. 

Recently, Zagat highlighted The Honeymoon as one of "Five New Houston Restaurants with Stunning Design."

Photos by Peter Molick

 

Tuesday
Aug122014

4th Annual ArCH Film Festival

Architecture Meets Life
August 21, 22, 23
7PM each night

Architecture Center Houston's annual Film Festival will be held August 21, 22, and 23. This year's films explore the "poetic, social, humanistic, biological and inspiring results when Architecture Meets Life."

From its prehistoric days architecture has been an instrument for organizing, mediating, protecting,fostering and sometimes curtailing life—not just human life but that of animals, plants and insects as well. Yet somehow we moderns have forgotten this history and are only now slowly relearning the impact of our built environments on the life around us. 

Featured Films include:

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN
August 21 | 7PM

93 min,  Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, (2011)
Battle For Brooklyn is the epic and universal tale of one man under pressure, and how far he will go to save his community and his home from the private developers who want to build a basketball arena on top of it. Along the way, he loses a fiancée, falls in love again, gets married, and starts a family. Shot over the course of eight years and compiled from almost 500 hours of footage, Battle for Brooklyn is an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by the Prospect Heights community to save their neighborhood from destruction.
(via Rumur Films)

THE HUMAN SCALE
August 22 | 7PM

77 min,  Andreas M. Dalsgaard, (2012)
How do the spaces that surround us enhance or disturb our interactions with others? How can we make our streets more accessible by foot or bike? Stunningly photographed, The Human Scale travels around the world to explore how Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl and other like minded designers, city planners, and urban activists have begun to transform cities such as New York, Beijing, Christchurch, and London.
(The Human Scale official site)

BIOPHILIC DESIGN
August 23 | 7PM

62 min, Stephen R. Kellert and Bill Finnigan, (2011)
Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature. The recent trend in green architecture has decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but it has accomplished little in the way of reconnecting us to the natural world, the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development. Come on a journey from our evolutionary past and the origins of architecture to the world’s most celebrated buildings in a search for the architecture of life. Together, we will encounter buildings that connect people and nature - hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbors and families thrive. Biophilic Design points the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans.
(Biophilic Design official site)