National Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Conference next week in Houston, Texas
For those of us who aren't able to attend this year's conference, the National Trust is live webstreaming a number of presentations, which is a great service.
I haven't been to Houston for many years, but I always admired the energy and activity there. It can also be incredibly green, which isn't something that we normally associate with what we are taught about Texas. Granted, I think their "success because of no zoning" story is way overplayed (2014 blog entry, "A follow up on an earlier point about Houston and extractive economies," "Office Pileup Gets Worse in Houston," Wall Street Journal), especially now as the WSJ reports that the office market is approaching a 30% office vacancy rate as a result of the drop in oil and gas prices and the concomitant impact on business.
Besides the Galleria, one of the first "mixed use" developments by the Hines Interests, there is a great museum district, a variety of historic preservation assets, the area around Rice University, light rail transit expansion, the Houston Medical Center and the multiple graduate and professional education centers there, etc.
From the NTHP PastForward conference website:
- Theaster Gates, founder and executive director of Rebuild Foundation
- Rick Lowe, community activist and artist, founder of Project Row Houses
- Stephanie K. Meeks, president and chief executive officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Nina Simon, executive director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
- John Valadez, documentary filmmaker
Labels: historic preservation