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  1. Williams Tower - formerly known as Transco Tower Height: 901 feet 64 stories Circa: 1983 Architects: Johnson Burgee and Morris Aubry Facts - Then Transco Tower became Williams Tower when Transco Energy was bought out by Williams Energy Corp. in 1999 - Tallest building outside of any CBD - Rotating beacon at night on roof every 15 seconds - Williams Tower functions as two 32-floor towers stacked on top of each other, complete with separate lobbies, elevators, and garages. - South of the building is a 3-acre park with a large fountain called the "Waterwall" (aka Transco Fountain), designed by the building's architects with Richard Fitzgerald & Partners. The fountain is a stunning work of hydraulic engineering. - The top of the building features a beacon that sweeps the night sky over the Galleria area. - Construction took only 16 months, a remarkably short time for a tower of such height. 2 Pics by Patrick Benders Next four Pics by Mancuso Former
  2. The largest medical district in the world is planning on doubling in the next 50 years. Here is a link to master plan. TMC Master Plan Have a look.
  3. HOUSTON, TEXAS population is grow up over to be near of 2,150,000 people today and more with that may people of a city of having 2 downtowns and more business here in Houston. HOUSTON has a very large urban size land area of many skyscrapers all over. Houston in the early 1900's wasn't near as popular back then as Philadelphia was much popular back then now today its not. HOUSTON has taken place of over 10 and more large cities in America since that time. HOUSTON should have plans on building more skyscrapers for the future by having ideas of skyscrapers like Shanghai China. HOUSTON should have more and better plans than just skyscrapers. HOUSTON is so large but this city has only one metro city with a population just over 100,000 citizens Pasadena. HOUSTON, TX is large but this city has the smallest Six Flags the is. This city can make good plans for a bigger Six Flags and a beach somewhere on the gulf. This city has had building and remodeling better freeways for the city. HOUSTON should not just planned for many skyscrapers but also an tall OBSERVATION TOWER SOMEWHERE PUT INTO DOWNTOWN FOR ALWAYS BING THE LARGEST CITY IN TEXAS to make Texas and the city be more interesting.
  4. I was Just curious if I am in the minority here. While I love the construction planned for downtown, I can't help but wonder if a the next phase should go toward uptown.. This rumor 102 would look great in ither site really, but I think a super tall would really stand out in uptown along side william tower IMO. BTW any history buffs know why Hines picked uptown for the tower , were they hoping to spark a supertall build in the area or just wanted to be different.
  5. I know this probably asked a lot, but that makes this more necessary, plus I can't find exactly what I'm looking for. I am looking for a spot to get a shot of the Houston skyline, but from the east, one that captures St. Joseph's in the shot. I want one where it's safe to shoot, or at least somewhat safe, where I don't have to worry too much about having a decent camera. I know everyone says to shoot from the opposite side, like where Eleanor Tinsley park is, but I personally want one with a shot of the hospital in it. Also, maybe one that doesn't have too much rundown scenery around it. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
  6. Im watching FOX's pre SuperBowl coverage in Houston. They had an animated segment around 1pm that talked about the history of football in Houston. When discribing some game event they showed an obvious illustration of the Dallas skyline and showing "how Houston was devastated after they lost the game" and the skyline was torn in half. But it was the Dallas skyline. HAHA Sorry I don't have a vid. For us architecture snobs this is a huge faux pas. People in the north think we are the same city. I KNOW Houston must be offended.
  7. Here's a little panorama I shot from room 8079 at the Hilton Americas.
  8. I took this a few weeks ago. It was raining off and on all day, I decided to test my luck with a long exposure and I was pretty impressed with the outcome! Canon T2i 18-55mm f8 30sec exposure ISO 100 heres a link to my Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/32411159@N05/15978858013/
  9. While all of these might not come to fruition its amazing what NYC could look like with these possible additions. Houston has been in a building boom for a little while know, but the economy has recovered to a point where even The Big Apple is getting some love. The link is below: http://www.archdaily.com/569136/check-out-these-images-of-new-york-s-skyline-in-2018/
  10. Well, the title speaks for itself. Here's my list: 1. Uptown (looking to the east from the SW Freeway, uptown looks very impressive. Especially with all of the cranes) 2. DT - from 45 SE of DT 3. TMC from 610 4. Energy Corridor 5. The Woodlands 6. Greenway Plaza/Upper Kirby.
  11. I have a question: With all the office buildings going up in the Energy Corridor do you guys foresee the development of a skyline that would rival Uptown or TMC?
  12. Everyone is always speaking of Uptown Dallas developments and how its coming along as far as urbanity. A certain member pointed out in another thread that Houston's TMC has similar developments as Uptown Dallas urbanly speaking. For one thing, the light rail runs right through TMC and there are booming projects. Although it's just in the field of Medical research (how boring!). But which developments are better UT or Medical Center?. Houston also has nearby Midtown and Musuem District, and Rice Village to add to the area. So on a large scale, which city is more developed? Gimmie some thoughts.
  13. What area of Houston would be a potential candidate for the next Houston Skyline ? Right now we have 7 skylines. Downtown, Uptown/Galleria, Texas Medical Center, Greenway Plaza, Memorial/Energy Corridor, Westchase, and Greenspoint. I was thinking the Northwest/290 Skyline, the area around Tidwell and Hollister Rd. It has a few mid-rise buildings and definitely alot of commerce around that area. Another maybe forming is The Woodlands/Spring Skyline with the new ExxonMobil Campus being built on the northside and the buildings in The Woodlands Town Center. I'm sure there are other areas around town for consideration. Maybe not having zoning in Houston is a good idea cause if all these business centers were together it would be a traffic nightmare !
  14. Patrick Feller has added a photo to the pool: When I first photographed this bridge, March 30, 2009, www.flickr.com/photos/nakrnsm/3399782698/ , it had been severely damaged by fire and was covered with trumpet vine, but plans were already underway to make it part of the Houston Heights Bike Trail. The burned timbers have been replaced and I've joined the thousands who, like Elizabeth here, have biked, walked, or jogged across it. Here's hoping that, soon, another bridge, www.flickr.com/photos/nakrnsm/3361941796/ and www.flickr.com/photos/nakrnsm/3361120231/in/photostream/ ,damaged by fire after conversion to bike trail had begun, is restored and brought to use in the same way, along with a couple of other bridges over Houston's bayous. Click here to view this photo at the HAIF Photo Pool on Flickr
  15. So, one of my associates is learning various sketch programs because... well... she wanted to do so. She asked for permission to do so 'on the clock' and I told her I'd allow it - IF she produced a minor project each time that demonstrated her skill. She's now starting Google Sketchup. Her project is to consider the hypothetical question of "What would Houston's skyline look like, if it were less spread out?" She's chosen to start by moving existing models done by others into Midtown - beginning with the Uptown skyline. I figured I'd share it with HAIFers, so... here's the result: (Sorry if it's a bit difficult to see; blue buildings on a grey background isn't the best combination. ) The Uptown buildings are right-center of the image, more-or-less adjacent to Downtown. If I find that there's interest on the board to see how the project progresses, I'll post more in the future. Edit/Add: If anyone has any suggestions for placement of Houston buildings in this regard, please feel free to post them below.
  16. I just backtracked this thread once I realized there was a conversation about an 80 story tower.. I'm sorry, but how can anyone here be okay with an 80 story tower going up adjacent to the Transco tower? That will ruin the Galleria skyline. You know they would be forced to turn off the rotating lighthouse spotlight as Deyaar nimbys on the 60th through 80th floors would whine about the beam hitting their windows. Build the damn thing anywhere else - preferablly downtown or the med center - or cut the height to not ruin a great architectural icon for Houston. There's no need for a building taller than the Transco outside of downtown anyway. Just my two cents..
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