Mayor Sylvester Turner
Former Mayors Lee Brown and Annise Parker
Silos at Sawyer Yards
Houston, TX 77007
James E. Furr, FAIA
Celebrating Plan Houston
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.
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.
your reservation now
to spend some time with Jim Furr.
October 20 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.
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:
that long term growth supports the City’s
fiscal viability (Spend money wisely)
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
Blueprint Houston will work with Mayor Turner
and the Planning and Development Department
to encourage action on these and other initiatives.
more information on Plan Houston see www.planhouston.org
Vision for Houston’s Future
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
An educated and skilled workforce, with lifelong educatonal
A vibrant, internationally recognized center of artistic
and cultural excellence.
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
FOR A GENERAL PLAN
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
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
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.
Blueprint Houston is a 501c3 tax-exempt
organization and is eligible to
receive deductible contributions.