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This was uploaded June 2019 therefore I'm not sure if this is still an active project.   https://hinesad.com/portfolios/pleated-03/    

that's the old Houston Center render.

Concept of downtown created in 1970, posted on reddit by u/NordyNed  

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What we ended up with there really isn't that far off the Weems proposal...

 

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While the massing is similar, the texture is different... IMHO a little better in the real version, and I'm usually not a concrete grid and blue glass fanboy.

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What we ended up with there really isn't that far off the Weems proposal...

 

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While the massing is similar, the texture is different... IMHO a little better in the real version, and I'm usually not a concrete grid and blue glass fanboy.

You're absolutely right on the similarity - good catch!

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That's pretty cool.  Anyone know the story on this?  Is there a story?

 

Edit:  Found some info.  The Maritime Museum signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Port of Houston to build a new museum adjacent to the Port of Houston’s Sam Houston Pavilion at the Turning Basin.  The Museum was required to raise $1.5 Million by June 2013.  The new museum was to have opened in 2014.  Obviously, they didn't make that deadline.  Anyone know if the concept is dead or if the deadlines have been extended?

 

 

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This one may be an active project.

 

http://www.studiomet.com/project.php?id=35

 

This six-story mixed-use development was designed for a site in Midtown Houston. The design provided for first floor office space and accommodated 35 residences on the upper floors. The vertical circulation core is expressed on the exterior with the exposed metal stair which becomes the focal point of the pedestrian-friendly street facade.

 

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Found their official threat statement:

 

FAIRFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Reports that Connecticut officials intend to raise taxes by another $750 million dollars are truly discouraging. Retroactively raising taxes again on Connecticut’s residents, businesses and services makes businesses, including our own, and citizens seriously consider whether it makes any sense to continue to be located in this state. The Connecticut economy continues to struggle as other states offer more opportunities and a better environment for business growth. It is essential that Governor Malloy and legislative leaders find a more prudent and responsible path forward for Connecticut and its citizens in their current budget negotiations.

 

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150601006157/en/GE-Statement-Potential-Increase-Connecticut-Taxes#.VXny8c9Vikp

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TMC 2035

 

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Urb, why is this under "Potential"? i was under the impression the majority of the projects listed in here were not happening. but those conceptual renderings were recently released by the TMC..?

Lockmat.. its available for download now, if you haven't seen it yet.

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I'm no longer able to view the renderings, is anyone else having this problem?  If memory serves it looked like the renderings were on the site of the police headquarters.  I thought about how great it would be if the plan was for the city to sign a long-term lease in 800 Bell, and this land was currently under-contract with a foreign developer.  We have seen a lot of asian capital pouring into the market (even during the oil slump), and this seems to have a lot more chinese/foreign design elements.  Would also be great if this was in conjunction with whatever Frank Liu has cooking up for the Post Office redevelopment - However that would be a little "too" ideal.  This is all thinking outloud and personally I don't think any developer would propose something as this during the current commodity climate.  Although, the only type of developer and large equity partners that would be bold enough to propose something of this magnitude would be from foreign investors trying to establish their Houston portfolio.  This is all my opinion, and 'Houston Potential' style thinking.

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Urb, link isn't working. The building is great but the lack of trees takes away from the design.

 

Direct link: http://architizer.com/projects/houston-library-and-exhibition-center/

 

Young designers envision the future

 

Abandoned silos along Buffalo Bayou would be reborn as cylindrical spaces for graffiti exhibitions, a scuba diving tank or perhaps a climbing wall with downtown views for those who made it to the top.

 

 

A downtown tower with hotel rooms and apartments would set an example for urban conservation with a high-tech water collection system.

A vertical community of residential "pods" would fill a vacant structure between downtown and Midtown to provide affordable housing in the urban core.

Such are the visions of young designers from the Gensler architecture firm, groups of whom selected existing sites and neglected structures to show how they could be revitalized or repurposed through technology and ingenuity.

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So funny. i was looking at all the new downtown construction threads wondering why green roofs aren't a thing here yet and then stumble across these beauties. Damn.

It's a shame all these new midrise apartment complexes aren't doing roof decks, green roofs, and floating urban pocket parks. It helps cut down so much of the heat island effect and it's  huge perk. I'd rather a roof space with downtown views than another lame pocket gym or billiards room.

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Has this been posted?

 

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Description: 
The Maker District is a collection of existing light industrial / distribution buildings intended for redevelopment as artist spaces within the emerging Washington Avenue Arts District. The conceptual master plan seeks to maintain the authentic qualities of this industrial landscape and create a clear brand identity through select interventions. The plan establishes a framework for a district that offers makers and artists the tools and inspiration to reach their potential while creating a citywide arts-based destination. The plan speaks to the markers, the creative class, to those who make the content that fuels our consumer economy. The plan envisions a mix of uses, from creative space for makers to housing, retail, entertainment, arts education, wellness and an urban farm with market. Social spaces encourage interaction, the exchange of ideas; the plan shapes key spaces, like Artist Alley, for this purpose. Through minimal expenditure the plan creates a connected campus with a clear brand identity, a campus that can be realized in a phased manner over time. The result is a cohesive, smart, functional and affordable arts-based district.

Role: Conceptual Master Planning

Clients: The Deal Companies, Western General, Lovett Commercial

Collaborators: Studio Red Architects

Date Complete: 2015

Area: 36 acres (14.57 hectares)

http://www.terrain-studio.com/projects/the-maker-disctrict

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