Collaborators Brittany Utting (Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rice University and co-founder of HOME-OFFICE) and Daniel Jacobs (Instructional Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Houston and co-founder of HOME-OFFICE) guide us through their new exhibit and research project MESO-COSM. MESO-COSM examines the relationship between architecture and large-scale ecosystem experiments in the Gulf Coast region, focusing on how urbanization in Houston’s periphery is affecting local ecosystems.

This program is made possible through the support of the Betty R. and George F. Pierce Jr., FAIA, Fund; the William B. Coleman Jr. Colloquium Fund for Architecture; and the Wm. W. Caudill Lecture Series Fund. MESO-COSM is sponsored by the Hines Scholar as Design/Design as Scholar (HdSd) Program of the Undergraduate Architecture Program at the Hines College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston. The exhibition is also funded by the Diluvial Houston Initiative, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-supported project, and Rice Architecture. Rice’s Diluvial Houston Initiative is a project of the Humanities Research Center funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and under the leadership of Joseph Campana, the William Shakespeare Professor of English and director of the Center for Environmental Studies; and Weston Twardowski, program manager of the Diluvial Houston Initiative in the Center for Environmental Studies and Humanities Research Center.