A NEW HOUSTON IDENTITY
Four finalists have been selected from groups of graduate university students around the United States to rethink a new district adjacent to Downtown Houston as part of the Urban Land Institute / Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. The competition is to develop ideas for redevelopment of a 16.3 acre parcel of land (currently owned, though no longer occupied, by the United States Postal Service) just outside of Houston’s central business district and adjacent to the University of Houston Downtown. The competition is purely hypothetical and will not be a commissioned project. Nevertheless, the entries are interesting ideas of a developing Houston that I hope will influence future developers.
The four finalists have an opportunity to revise their competition entries and will publicly present their proposal to the jury on April 5th and 6th.
University of Michigan – “The Hill”
Columbia University – “The Post”
University of Colorado/Harvard University (joint team) – “Downtown Bayou”
University of California, Berkeley – “The Grand”
For more information on the competition, and to see further entries, please visit: udcompetition.org