Rice Design Alliance Architectural Tour: H2Ouston
showcases six examples of smart architecture, including vents that allow water to flow back out, sturdy finishes and elevated construction. The original Sunset Coffee building at Allen’s Landing, completely gutted and stripped down to its concrete structure before restoration, serves as Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s new digs. “The first floor serves as canoe storage. It’s flood proof,” says Angie Chen, RDA’s assistant director of programs.
1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and March 25. For information, call 713-348-4876 or visit ricedesignalliance.org
. $15 to $35.
Memorial Day flooding. Tax Day flooding. The question isn’t whether we’ll have another deluge, it’s when. Enough is enough, and it’s time to fight back. The newest trend in residential and business construction is to assume that flooding will occur and find a way to survive these events. Resilience is the new buzzword, and architects are getting creative in dealing with the challenges of living in a floodplain. This year’s