2020 Visions

Architecture Center Houston / AIA Houston

Please note: Any achitecture center, AIA chapter or othe institution that would like to particpate in this project and co-host a 2020 Visions exhibit in your city, please contact Rusty Bienvenue at rusty@aiahouston.org or 713-520-0155 to learn more about becoming a participating organizaation. 

Houston finds itself at a historic crossroads after Hurricane Harvey, with broad consensus that the city must change the way it plans and builds for the future. 2020 Visions is a year-long, open call for visions seeking creative and innovative ideas for how to rebuild a better city, one that protects the health and wellbeing of people, grows sustainably, and supports a strong economy. Overall, the goal is to place design and sustainability at the heart of conversations about planning for a more resilient future. The program seeks expansive, creative visions of resilience, ranging from infrastructure projects to policy recommendations, from flood and climate warning systems to resilient neighborhood and housing design. Visions could consist of projects that are currently in progress or recently completed, or purely speculative proposals to encourage creative thinking. Entries will be solicited through the AIA and similar networks with local, state, national and international reach.

The resulting responses will be juried and curated into an exhibit, which will be mounted at Architecture Center Houston and at participating AIA chapters and architecture centers across the country in the spring of 2020.

During the yearlong call for visions, AIA Houston will host a series of lectures, panel discussions and public meetings to generate a dialogue of education and information gathering between design professionals and community members. All programming will be documented and shared with participating chapters and communities.

The project is a collaboration between AIA Houston and Houston City Council Member David W. Robinson, FAIA, working with a steering committee consisting of member architects, city officials, local universities and representatives from partner organizations such as the Rice Design Alliance and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Houston 2020 Visions Timeline
This timeline will be updated with additional details as the project progresses.

August 2018: Request for Visions is announced
September 2018 – July 2019: Lecture series & community meetings in Houston
August 25, 2019: Call for Visions deadline
September 2019: Jury selection process
Fall 2019: Selected visions are announced and respondents notified. 
April – July 2020: Exhibit at Architecture Center Houston

Quick links to program details:
2020 Visions Story Map
Background: Houston
Harvey & the Aftermath
Categories for Submissions
Submission Requirements

This program is funded in part by a grant from AIA National.

Houston, TX
Due Date: 
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Posted by Mat.Wolff on October 26, 2018 - 12:41pm