Rick Lowe is a twenty-first-century Renaissance man. He is an artist, architect, urban designer, developer, businessman, and activist who is a catalyst for social outreach for underserved neighborhoods. Lowe’s early founding of Project Row House in Houston’s Third Ward in 1993 became the template for others to follow on how to bring local people together to engage their own creative energies and aesthetic values to produce a “collective expression” to reinstate a community. Lowe’s socially engaged methodology helps individuals excavate talents that they might have either forgotten about or just lost sight of. An example of his progressive thinking can be seen in a recent concept for a series of small businesses that draws on local individual’s abilities—such as homemade cookies and laundry service—and turns them into emerging noted talents and proprietors.
Portrait photo courtesy Kethora Smith.