TedxHouston presents co-founder of hometta.com, Mark Johnson, as he discusses his company’s philosophy to what is sustainable and what is authentic. From their site:
Mark Johnson is an entrepreneur and a teacher. As the founder of Hometta.com he conceived a new delivery system for modern housing, introducing modernism to the stock house plan market, and introducing local construction to a modern housing market dominated by prefab. This concept was recently recognized by TreeHugger, which awarded Hometta their Best of Green 2010 Award for Best Architecture Idea. Mark likes to think big thoughts about developing local resources, whether they are architectural, social, cultural or human. In his previous life as a local real estate developer, his projects have been recognized with a Greater Houston Preservation Alliance Good Brick Award, a Houston Heights Community Improvement Award, and a Special Recognition award from the Houston Business Journal.
The 23rd Annual Sandcastle Competition took place over the weekend in Galveston, TX with many entries focusing on the issues of our day, the economy, octomom and the environment. Congratulations to Elissa Boedeker of HOK for winning the contest. For more pics, visit the site www.aiasandcastle.com.
Video courtesy of Wiredin.cc. Runner-up video for today can be seen here.
Dana Roy Harper, a Houston artist, will re-open Sengelmann Hall in Shulenburg, TX this weekend. Sengelmann Hall first opened in 1894 and closed in the 1940s. Dana has brought this historic and architectural gem to its previous glory and will inaugurate the venue with performances throughout the weekend including a free concert on Thursday featuring Earl Poole Ball.
The Chronicle has a great story featuring interviews with locals who remember days before TV and the Internet when Saturday night was a town production at the Hall. Check out some great historic photos, places to stay and upcoming bands on their site, SengelmannHall.com.
Philip Johnson designed the campus for the University of St. Thomas. The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC has a great retrospective on his work including a video that looks very similar to the UST campus here.
Gulf Coast Green Competition is ‘a green building symposium targeted to the design and construction industry’ showcasing University of Houston students systems made from 95% post-consumer waste. The purpose of the competition is to showcase ideas, whether solving a problem, proposing a product or bridging a gap, that promote sustainable communities in Houston.