Here are just a few of the designs created by a UH undergraduate architecture class that spent much of this semester going on field trips to the Almeda Mall. Under the direction of Susan Rogers of the UH Community Design Resource Center (or CDRC), the 4th- and 5th-year will-be architects, who also spent time on nearby Kingspoint Rd. taking in that street art study center known as the Mullet, were charged with developing strategies to reanimate the dead retail zone in South Houston.
The resulting designs show a climbing wall, pedestrian and exercise paths, and colors other than the grays of concrete incorporated into the parking lots sitting unused in front of the many vacant big boxes there between Almeda Genoa Rd. and Fuqua St.
A news item from Mike Emery at UH says that the trips south on I-45 have also yielded
. . . Kongci Chan’s design that proposes a series of elevated bridges and walking pathways connecting nearby residents with new green spaces. . . . Jose Pedroza . . . took inspiration from similar neighborhoods in South America, Asia and Europe. He developed a mesh of walkways surrounding residential towers. . . . Michael Roeder . . . was determined to connect graffiti art with the community. His design incorporated residential spaces and a school near studios and public creative areas.
In the past, reports Emery, Rogers has asked similar CDRC classes to deal with the city’s ditches and easements and design waterfront properties in Baytown.
- UH Students Envision New Beginnings for Houston’s Forgotten Lots [UH]
- UH Community Design Resource Center [Facebook]
- Previously on Swamplot: The Mullet Manages To Pay Rent
Renderings: Community Design Resource Center via UH