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A cartogram of Houston and its surrounding geography, visually distorted to achieve uniform road density throughout the region. Generated using the Gastner-Newman
dispersion algorithm and street data from Google Maps. 
Created by David Feiland Carrie Schneider

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, October 4, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

SPRAWL Lecture Series talk by Carrie Schneider 
Thursday, January 9, 7:00 - 8:00 PM 

In partnership with Houston Center for Contemporary Craft's current exhibition, SPRAWL, Hear Our Houston is highlighting three tours about custom craft practices in Houston.

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Hear Our Houston is excited and honored to be posting these tours: homecoming mums from Katy, the rise and decline of grills at Sharpstown Mall, and custom piñatas for celebrations all over town.

Juany Favela Little Pinata Shop

Juany Favela's custom piñata creations at The Little Piñata Shop


Uriel Garcia Vega

Uriel Garcia-Vega designing custom jewelry at Sharpstown's Jewelry Exchange Center


Cindy Hooks Homecoming Mums

Cindy Hook's wall of homecoming mums for Katy area schools





Palms Center Larry Evans Chronicle 1965

Palms Center 1965 Larry Evans Houston Chronicle

Hear Our Houston is so excited to be partnering with Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance (SEHTA) to create tours around the historic Palm Center! Check out tours on history, music and community, health and wellness, food and growth, business and education, and family and community. Clips from nine tours devoted to this area as well as newly excavated historic photographs will premiere on August 23rd.

Hear Our Houston Palm Center SEHTA South Union Southeast Houston



The new Hear Our Houston app is available here!

It makes finding, hearing, and creating tours easy on the go!Thanks to Locacious and Robert Miles Kemp.

hear our houston app




The Human Tour 2013suits by Thuy-Linh Cornett and photo by Lillie Monstrum

Michael Galbreth The Human Tour 1987


The Human Tour 2013

Carrie Schneider and Alex Tu are walking the route laid out in 1987 in Michael Galbreth's The Human Tour.

Join us for any or all of ten walks variously scheduled from February 10- March 10, 2013 as we complete the entire route. 

Our arrival party is 7pm, Sunday, March 10th, 2013 at Natachee's on Main Street. Join us for a parade, video screening, and ceremony to transfer the suits from functional cover to artifacts of our odyssey.

The Human Tour: An Anthropomorphic
Route Through The City of Houston
1987 - , by Michael Galbreth



The Human Tour 2013 Press


The Human Tour 2013
       in the Press


Houston Press 
-Meredith Deliso

-Edward S. Garza

-Regina Agu

KPFT Living Art
-Michael Woodson (Feb 14)



Walk 1
11 am Sunday, February 10.
3.7 miles. 10 min light rail trip back to start

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Carbs-Galore Launch-Brunch


Join us for brunch with Michael Galbreth, originator of The Human Tour in 1987,

 11am Natachee's

 3622 Main Street 

followed by 
our official launch
at 12pm

Thanks to all of
our guests and
co-walkers for
making this 
amazing launch!


Walk 2
7am Tuesday, February 12. 
4.5 miles. 30 min bus trip back to start

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The Human Tour 2013 Walk 2 Kumquat

David Collins graced us with his wide and varied experience as a Latin professor,
cab driver, Senatorial candidate, performance artist, MD Anderson Cancer Center
IT support analyst, bird watcher, architecture aficionado,
and spokesperson for co-operative living in Houston:
We couldn't have asked for a better guide!


Walk 3
12 pm Saturday, February 16. 
3.5 miles. Loops back to start

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Walk 4
7am Monday, February 18.
5.1 miles. Loops back to start.

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The Human Tour 2013




Walk 5

6am Thursday, February 21
3.9 miles. Loops back to start.

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thanks to all you fabulous human tourists
who have co-walked your way into our
polyester spacesuit clad hearts



The Human Tour 2013 half way there




Walk 6
12pm Sunday, February 24. 
4.0 miles, 20 min 2 bus trips back to start

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Sunday we step to the beat of this playlist created for Walk 6 by DJ, ethnomusicologist, and photographer Flash Gordon Parks


Walk 7
2pm Wednesday, February 27
4.0 miles. 10 min bus trip back to start

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        Cheryl Beckett's UH design classes / grocery and weapon stores / 
        book warehouse / ice cream truck / fingers furniture / astroturf


Walk 8
12pm Saturday, March 2
3.8 miles,  30 min bus trip back to start

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Walk 9
5pm Tuesday, March 5
4.1 miles. 20 min bus trip back to start

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                Mid Main Block Party Thursday, March 7, 5-10pm


The Human Tour 2013The Human Tour 2013


Walk 10
5pm Sunday, March 10
3.8 miles.  30 min bus & light rail trip back to start

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The Human Tour 2013




The Human Tour 2013


The Human Tour 2013 is funded by Houston Arts Alliance individual artist grant awarded to Carrie Schneider


I recently traveled to New York to check out Big Onion walking tours,
meet with Todd Shalom of Elastic City artist led conceptual walks,
and to work with the developers of Locacious, a walking tour app for iphones.   




From Project Row Houses to Lanier Middle School to Meadow Wood Elementary- and describing all imaginable neighborhoods in between- Hear Our Houston is proud have focused this Spring on hosting the work of young writers!

Neighborhood map by Veean

Inprint's workshops at Project Row Houses after school program taught by Ryler Dustin, Bryanda Minix, and Ifeanyichuku Nwosu Okoro II (Res) bring us PRH Grade School Inprint Writing Workshop and PRH Middle School Inprint Writing Workshop.

Writers in the Schools writer in residence Sara Cooper's seventh grade writers bring us Loving the Noise and other Houston Tales, Houses of Herons and other Bayou City Scenes, and From Small and Quiet to Mind-Boggling Wonders.

Writers in the Schools writer in residence Stephanie Hruzek's third grade writers bring us 2012 Time Capsule.

Thank you all for the amazing tours!



KPFT Hear Our Houston

Hear Our Houston on Living Art, 90.1 KPFT Houston: Click Here to listen to a live radio mixtape of Hear Our Houston tours featuring Robert Hodge, Raj Mankad, Keith Reynolds, Alex Luster and Daniel Anguilu, Yuna Booyoung, and Lara Appleby.





Carrie Schneider Awarded 2012 Idea Fund Grant
to bring 20 new Hear Our Houston tours to life

Hear Our Houston Idea Fund




Here's what we've been reading and researching lately:


the situationists and the city tom mcdonough

The Situationists and the City: A Reader
edited by Tom McDonough

"From being the site of alienated labor and passive consumption, the city was reformulated as the locus of a potential reciprocity and community, the crucial spacial stake of any project of radical transformation."

You can read an excerpt from Internationale Situationniste #4, published in 1960  here.

The Sole of Houston
by John Nova Lomax

 A Houston Press series chronicling John Nova Lomax and David Beebe's long ass treks across our concrete prairies.  

sole of houston john nova lomax
Richmond Avenue, Houston's Street of Dreamz

The Southeast Side

Deep Harrisburg

The Seoul of Houston

Airline Drive


The East End Trek

The Shepherd Stroll


Richmond Avenue, Houston's Street of Dreamz



Francis Alys Postcards

Francis Alÿs Postcards

Francis Alÿs is one of my favorite artists whose deep obcservation of pedestrians leads to inspiring tricskter acts.



wanderlust rebecca solnit

Rebecca Solnit's Wanderlust: A History of Walking

"Walking...is how the body measures itself against the earth...an activity essentially unimproved since the dawn of time...If there is a history of walking, then it too has come to a place where the road falls off, a place where there is no public space and the lanscape is being paved over, where leisure is shrinking and being crushed under the anxiety to produce, where bodies are not in the world but only indoors in cars and buildings..In this context, walking is asubversive detour, the scenic route through a half-abandoned landscape of ideas and experiences."


Cite Magazine: the architecture and design review of Houston is a quarterly
publication that, since 1982, has mixed an appreciation of high design with a shot of
down and dirty civic engagement. Also check out the Rice Design Alliance's OffCite blog.






Hear Our Houston's Hub at Project Row Houses

Hear Our Houston project row house back

Hear Our Houston Wild In The Streets Alex Tu

Hear Our Houston project row house front

Hear Our Houston row house side





hear our houston project row houese


As part of Carrie Schneider's residency at Project Row Houses, new Hear Our Houston tours will focus on the Third Ward including walks by boxing champ Reverend Ray Martin of Progressive Amateur Boxing Association and his biographer Paris Eley, Deloyd Parker of S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, Brother Kenya, photographer and educator Ray Carrington, and artists Bert Samples, Robert Hodge and Phillip Pyle II.



tedx houston

Click here to watch the full TEDx Houston video about Hear Our Houston.