Last Friday’s picture of the kid sleeping in the RMC came from one of two folders full of contact sheets that turned up in Rice architecture professor Will Cannady’s papers. There were a lot of tiny pictures in these files and I sat down to look at them because I could tell at a glance that there were some good interior views of both the RMC and Anderson Hall. Soon, however, my attention was diverted by some of the strangest pictures I’ve ever seen taken on this campus. Here’s what first caught my eye:
They had this crazy helmet thing all over the place:
And they put it on many people:
I found this all both amusing and very, very mystifying but when I noticed in the background of one photograph a sign that said “Rice Design Fete 1967” I was on the way towards a solution. It turns out that there’s a concise and interesting explanation of the whole escapade here at offcite, the Rice Design Alliance web site. A copy of “the little known book” referenced in the article, New Schools for New Towns, was sitting on a shelf only a few feet away from me in the archives. It always feels weird when that happens.
Bonus: Here’s fun video celebrating Professor Cannady’s fifty years of teaching at Rice.
There’s a reception in his honor this Friday afternoon. Come on over if you can.