We’ve already opened the first category for this year’s Swamplot Awards for Houston Real Estate, celebrating the Houston area’sÂ best design clichÃ©s. Let’s get started this afternoon on the second category: the year’s Best Demolition.
Teardowns are plentiful in Houston — just take a peek back throughÂ Swamplot’s archiveÂ of daily demo reports. But for Swampies season, we’re looking for that special award-worthy demo that really goes above and beyond (or below, perhaps). Did a teardown this year have a certain historic weightÂ to it? Did somethingÂ go down with a bang, or with some extra flair and panache? What property should be honored this time around, and why?
Send us your well-argued nominations to the comments section below — or send them in a private message to our tips line. For more on the nomination process, head here.
Nominations for both categories announced today will remain open until midnight next Tuesday, December 6. We’ll be introducing more fun categories as the week goes on, so be sure toÂ get your nominations in now for the first 2!
The 2016 Swampies
Eco-conscious chickens and a dog are the beneficiaries of the just-announced award-winning entries in the Houston division of the annual National ReUse Contest, coordinated locally by the city’s ReUse Warehouse at 9003 N. Main St. Tend Building‘s first-place canine riff on the Beer Can House (at top), called the K-9 Can Cabin, incorporates wood framing and siding found at the ReUse Warehouse, cedar fence slats, reclaimed shutters, a glass mosaic forged from the cast-offs of a local stained-glass company, and aluminum-can shingles. Only the fasteners and sealers are new. Taking third place is this chicken coop forged from used doors, windows, and lumber by Smitty Regula. Entertainment is provided by the roof and removable side panels, cut from local political signage.
Photos: ReUse Warehouse
IT’S DEVELOPMENT CAMPAIGN SEASON ON WASHINGTON AVE Brand strategy outfit Axiom is applying its “creative communication” skills to a campaign to gain recognition for the company’s rehab of the former Fire Station No. 6: A banner now hangs outside the firm’s compound at 1702 Washington Ave (at right), asking passersby for help procuring wider recognition for the company’s multi-year office conversion project. The Fire Station renovation, along with northeast Houston’s James Berry Elementary School, the Heights’s Don Sanders pet adoption center, Dynamo Stadium, and BG Group’s wrench-shaped downtown skyscraper have been nominated in separate for-profit and nonprofit categories in this year’s local Urban Land Institute awards program, but only a group of 3 judges will pick those winners. Separately, though, they’re all competing against each other for top spot in the new-last-yearÂ “people’s choice” category, which you can sway with votes on this website — before January 21st. [ULI] Photo:Â John Luu/Axiom
TEXAS ARCHITECTURE AWARDS FOR THE NON-MODS Invoking the name of Houston architect John Staub, the Texas chapter of a national architecture organization is launching an awards program meant to honor recent Texas architecture that demonstrates “sensitivity to classical and vernacular traditions.” Designers, don’t bother submitting your modern projects — local coordinator Carolyn Foug says she considers the new program from the Institute of Classical Architecture an “alternative vehicle” to the local AIA’s more Mod-friendly awards programs. A tour of Staub’s work at Bayou Bend — and maybe one or more of his other Houston houses, if the organizers can swing it — will take place after the awards ceremony there in October. [Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America Texas Chapter]