11. Question 5: The Future-Renewable Energy (part 2)
Houstons mayoral candidates participated in NOZONE: Houstons Mayoral Forum on Land Use on July 9, 2009, 7-9pm, at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX. The evening was moderated by conceptual artist and professor Mary Ellen Carroll, who also conceived and organized the event in conjunction with the museums exhibition No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston. The mayoral candidatesTJ Huntley, Annise Parker, Gene Locke, Peter Brown, and Roy Moralesresponded to five questions pertaining to land use in the following areas: Legislation and Policy; Education; Transportation; Quality of Life; and Growth. This last question was answered in the order listed above. A panel of respondents then provided comments and raised further questions for the Question: The Future-Renewable EnergyQuestion proposed by the Sharpstown Civic AssociationRespondents: Reid Wilson, Chair, Urban Land Institute; Jordan Fruge, SVP, Business Development, StandardQ5: Mayor Bill White was named one of seven eco-mayors for his commitment to improving sustainable practices in Houston. By this time next year, the stimulus funds allocated for proposed and shovel ready projects will be underway, and one of you will be the new elected terms of industry, the city has been referred to as the energy capital of the world, a historical moniker that it has rightfully cultivated. Recently, it might be hard-pressed to retain this classification without spring 2009, the state legislature session voted against a bill for solar rebates and a bill that might make it harder for homeowners associations to ban solar panels. The city itself is making every effort to incorporate these technologies into its own buildings, practices, and policies. It seems nearly impossible, however, for private businesses and homeowners to afford these renewable elected mayor, what might you propose that might eliminate the necessity of this qualification to truly make Houston the energy capital of the No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston:Free from the land-use and zoning ordinances that shape other large American cities by separating residential, commercial, and industrial areas, Houston allows a mixed-use approach where disparate architectures and functions blend. In this often chaotic, jarring urban topography, several Houston artists have been able to carve out spaces and opportunities for themselves, their work, and their communities. No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston is the first museum exhibition to consider the current and past efforts of regional artists working in the urban environment, and includes work by 21 artists. The exhibition was organized by CAMHs Senior Curator Toby Kamps and Curatorial Associate Meredith Goldsmith and is on view May 9 October 4, 2009. The Mayoral Forum was held at Carrolls prototype180:table, which was designed specifically for negotiation and for staging these types of public forums and presentations. Video credits-Video work: Andriano BalajadiaSpecial thanks to: Mary Ellen Carroll, Peter Brown, TJ Huntley, Gene Locke, Roy Morales, Annise Parker, Jordan Fruge, Robin Holzer, Jenny Hyun, Hugh Rice Kelly, Janet Kohlhase, Asmara Tekle-Johnson, Reid Wilson, Innovation Territories, Houston. Its Worth It., and The Rice University Building Institute.
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