Media Advisory: Rice U. architecture experts available to discuss Harvey, Irma

By Newsroom America Feeds at 7 Sep 2017

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Rice U. architecture experts available to discuss Harvey, Irma

HOUSTON – (Sept. 7, 2017) – In the wake of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey and anticipating Hurricane Irma's landfall in Florida, members of the Rice University School of Architecture faculty are available to discuss the storms' impact.

Professor Ron Witte ( has expertise in urban architecture, the implications and possibilities of rebuilding and rethinking cities, buildings' relationships to flood zones, architecture and density, and different models of housing and development.

Professor Albert Pope ( can discuss the urban consequences of the storm. "We have built this city for another climate and are out of step with the realities we face in the future," he said of Houston. "In its present form, the city is as useful as a snowmobile in a swamp."

Professor William Cannady (,-FAIA/) can talk about how cities, especially Houston, rebound from natural disasters.

Professor Gordon Wittenberg ( can discuss planning and building construction issues related to flooding.

Assistant Professor of Architecture Jesus Vassallo (ús-Vassallo/) is available to discuss density, housing and the role of public authorities in urban planning and design.

To schedule an interview with Rice School of Architecture faculty, contact David Ruth at 713-348-6327 or


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