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.

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 and in person at the RDA office at Rice University.

Click here for Tour Map.


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.




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!



Happy Holidays!


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

Happy holidays to you and your families! 


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. 



Happy Thanksgiving!

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


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


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



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:

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)

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)

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)


For the month of August, Architecture Center Houston will be one of four featured charities at the OKRA Charity Saloon. Charities compete for patron votes; the charity with the most votes receives an entire month's worth of the Saloon's profits. Each food or drink purchase grants you a ticket to use at the ballot box.

Show your support for ArCH by having a drink or food at OKRA!


Bayou Residence: Before & After

The Bayou Residence is a renovation to a significant architectural work originally by Frank Welch completed in 1975. The house was purchased from the original owner by a young couple, looking to open up the floor plan and accomodate their social lifestyle. The renovation left in place the original 8000 square foot foundation, most of the exterior frame and little else. Much of the interior was re-arranged to accommodate an open floor plan and propose new layers of order. Limestone walls were introduced to give clarity to the programmatic organization. The central transverse hall was extended through the interior, providing a cohesive circulation spine to the sprawling, single-story layout.  Ceiling heights were modified to increase the feeling of spaciousness and visually connect to the bayou landscape adjacent. 

Additional Images of the completed project can be viewed on the Bayou Residence project page and on Houzz


CONTENT Awarded Best of Houzz 2014 for Design

The annual "Best Of" awards are given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz

We're honored to have been selected for our design profile. Click the badge to view our full Houzz portfolio. 


Buffalo Studios

CONTENT has been busy designing a new film studio that is preparing for a variance approval with the City of Houston. The aptly named Buffalo Studios will be across the street from the Buffalo Soldier National Museum on Caroline and is replacing a well worn metal building that previously held the production for a local bakery. The aged yellow metal building is currently built to the lot line and we're requesting to set the building back only 5ft from the lot line instead of the new standard of 10ft.

The hearing for the Buffalo Studios approval will be held on October 17th at 2:30pm in the City Hall Annex, Public Level on 900 Bagby Street in Houston. Please feel free to join us in support of this great addition to the neighborhood.


Houston Fine Art Fair

This weekend, the George R. Brown Convention Center will be home to the 3rd annual Houston Fine Art Fair. CONTENT was asked to design the VIP lounge installation by Ligne Roset who supplied the furnishings.

As in most convention center layouts, the space we were given was comprised of simple 4'x12' walls with dark exposed ceilings overhead. We chose to give dimension to the otherwise homogenous space by defining volumes through the manipulation of a constructed ceiling plane. Over the past few days we hand dyed 3600 feet of cotton rope, then fed the rope across the lighting grid and down along the walls through eyelet screws. The eyelets provided an anchor point in which we could change direction and density to create unique areas of inhabitation within the room. We thank Ligne Roset and HFAF for the opportunity, additional furnishings were supplied by McCoy.

Show Hours are:

Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013
6 – 7:30pm | Sneak Preview (Black Card holders only)
7:30 – 9pm | Opening Preview Party (VIP passes only)

Regular Fair Hours:
Friday, Sep. 20 | 11am – 7pm

Saturday, Sep. 21 | 11am – 7pm
Sunday, Sep. 22 | 11am – 6pm

About the show from their website:

HFAF aspires to reflect Houston’s sophisticated and diverse collecting practices, where art enthusiasts will encounter an international cross-section of works in all media-from past to present. The fair will feature modern and contemporary masters, mid-career and emerging artists from around the globe. HFAF also features memorable on-site installations and special projects, plus an invigorating three day program (September 20-22) of panel discussions designed for both novice and experienced collectors.

Hope to see you at the Fair this weekend!

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