Building This City

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Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Central Houston, Inc.
Energy Corridor District
Hobby Management District
North Houston District
Powers Brown Architects
Webb Architects
Ziegler Cooper Architects

Richard Everett, FAIA
Sanford Criner
Hawes Hill Calderon, LLP
Kinder Institute for Urban Research
RPS Klotz Associates
Walter P. Moore
Jane Cahill West

Leslie Elkins, AIA, and Shannon Sasser, AIA
Michael McEnany, AIA
Studio RED

Individual Underwriter
Frank Kelly, FAIA
Zane Segal
Jeff Taebel
Claudia Williamson



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Building This City
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
6-8 pm
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Houston First
Honorary Chairs
Mayor Sylvester Turner
Former Mayors Lee Brown and Annise Parker

The Silos at Sawyer Yards
1502 Sawyer
Houston, TX 77007

Honoring James E. Furr, FAIA
Celebrating Plan Houston

Support Blueprint Houston and Plan Houston as a sponsor of Building Our City. Deadline for guaranteeing that your name is on the invitation is December 1. Click here for the Underwriter Reply Form and mail your check to Blueprint Houston, P. O. Box 8061, Houston, TX 77288.

You don’t want to miss a pleasant evening with friends, an exhibition that demonstrates the value of planning, catering by Underbelly—all in an old rice warehouse and silo turned into studios for the largest number of artists working in the same place in the United States. Help Build Our City.

Why Jim Furr?

Jim Furr, FAIA, joined Gensler in 1994 and served as Managing Principal of the firm’s Houston office and the South Central Region for nearly 20 years. During that time Jim built on Gensler’s preeminent position in interior design and expanded the architecture practice to include major office buildings, urban planning, and historic preservation. Exemplary projects include the 1000 Main Tower at Main Street Square, the Hess Tower at Discovery Green, City Centre in West Houston, the Houston Ballet Center for Dance in the Performing Arts District, restoration and expansion of the Julia Ideson Library, and HSPVA, now under construction.

Now serving as Managing Principal Emeritus, Jim remains active in civic and community affairs. Jim is a past president of AIA Houston and the Rice Design Alliance and serves on the boards of Central Houston, Inc., and the Heritage Society. He mentors the next generation at the firm and through teaching, since 1992, at the Rice School of Architecture. And he is an incorrigible punster.

Make your reservation now to spend some time with Jim Furr.

Why Celebrate Plan Houston?
This link,, will take you to the website for Plan Houston. As part of the community engagement called for in the plan, there is a very brief survey linked to the page in English and in Spanish. The survey is focused on priorities. In addition to selection of projects, there is space for you to write any suggestion, opinions , questions, or ideas. Please join in the conversation about Plan Houston.

On January 24 Blueprint Houston will not only honor Jim Furr, FAIA, but also celebrate adoption of the first city ordinance creating a general plan for Houston in 180 years.

Plan Houston was adopted last year by the City of Houston. It provides the vision and goals for the entire community. In addition it provides 12 Core Strategies and Actions for each strategy that the City needs to undertake to achieve the community’s vision and goals. Now Plan Houston should specifically address how it will take these Actions to the next step of defining specific policies, plans and programs that can be applied on the ground.
A few of the defined Actions in the approved General Plan are as follows:

  • Ensure that long term growth supports the City’s fiscal viability (Spend money wisely)
  • Engage with the community to identify local needs and pursue local goals (Grow Responsibly)
  • Anticipate growth and plan for it, ensuring that infrastructure and services accommodate growth (Grow responsibly)
  • Adopt policies supporting existing and future activity centers that enable a combination of live, work and play options (Grow responsibly)
  • Encourage development of a transportation network that considers all modes of transportation and context sensitive design principles (Grow responsibly and Mobility/Accessibility)

Blueprint Houston will work with Mayor Turner and the Planning and Development Department to encourage action on these and other initiatives.

For more information on Plan Houston see

Citizens’ Vision for Houston’s Future

A diverse city of opportunity where we live in harmony in a healthy environment.
Choices for home, work, and play in healthy and beautiful neighborhoods with self-determination.
Sustainable prosperity and development that balances economy, community, and environment.
Coordinated land use and transportation plans to create andmaintain a high level of access for all.
A government that is wise, efficient, accountable, and creative.
An educated and skilled workforce, with lifelong educatonal opportunities.
A vibrant, internationally recognized center of artistic and cultural excellence.

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Municipal Management Districts

Most Houstonians are not aware of the work of municipal management districts (MMDs) and of their growing importance to our city. By adding an increased level of services beyond what city government can provide, MMDs are making a real difference as Houston evolves into a multi-dimensional global city. In fact, a discussion about governance in Houston that excludes the role of MMDs will lead to misguided conclusions about our city in the 21st century. The outcomes and style of work of MMDs also could be a model for a “Houston style of planning” that serves the visions, values and goals of our citizens with progress toward such coordination already becoming evident during the course of preparing this report.

For the full report, click here. For the Executive Summary, click here.


This document outlines a vision and a set of principles and goals based on citizen values in the City of Houston. It was developed over a period of eight years as the basis for a General Plan for Houston’s Future. It was distilled from several years of public visioning processes and a scientific survey of likely voters.
The need for a true General Plan is clear. It would serve as a management tool that city government, city departments, developers, business leaders, and citizens could use as they make infrastructure and other investment decisions.
A General Plan for the City’s future is consistently supported by 83% of respondents in the Houston Area Survey, which was last conducted in February 2009 by Dr. Stephen Klineberg of the Rice University Sociology Department. It is also required by law in Chapter 33 of the City’s Code of Ordinances.


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