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Is this new? Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan

I tell you what I missed when I lived in Boston... spring in February. Houston sure looks good with azaleas in bloom and trees budding. You had to wait until May for Spring to hit Boston.   

Houston is a looker in my eyes 😍

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We absolutely need some who has a good dusk/night vision camera to take photos of this area. I know urbannizer has to know someone on Flickr that has some.  :P

 

Again, I know these are terrible dusk photos but it gives you somewhat of an idea on how much it is changed. You can now walk this anytime of the night.

 

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2014-07-24 20.43.46 by marclongoria, on Flickr

 

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2014-07-24 20.36.20 by marclongoria, on Flickr

 

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2014-07-24 20.40.34 by marclongoria, on Flickr

 

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2014-07-24 20.40.27 by marclongoria, on Flickr

 

 

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Very nice.

 

Once upon a time that was most assuredly not a good place for an evening stroll.  I'm pretty thick skinned about places others might think are sketchy, but the Bayou at night was too skeevy even for me unless there was some sort of event going on.

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Someone, someday will have to explain to me just how the "moon phase" lighting effect is supposed to work.  Does the lighting change with the changing phases of the moon?  If so, how?  Or, does the white and blue light effects represent the light and dark sides of the moon?  I just can't figure it out. 

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The white primary lights on the poles are always on at night.  Depending on the phase of the moon, a decorational blue light on the top of the poles may also light up.  Where the path goes under Memorial just west of the bend in the bayou, the lighting attached to the bridge is either white or blue depending on the moon phase.

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Someone, someday will have to explain to me just how the "moon phase" lighting effect is supposed to work. Does the lighting change with the changing phases of the moon? If so, how? Or, does the white and blue light effects represent the light and dark sides of the moon? I just can't figure it out. [/qiuote]

www.buffalobayou.org/BB_Phase2.pdf.pdf

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Someone, someday will have to explain to me just how the "moon phase" lighting effect is supposed to work. Does the lighting change with the changing phases of the moon? If so, how? Or, does the white and blue light effects represent the light and dark sides of the moon? I just can't figure it out. [/qiuote]

www.buffalobayou.org/BB_Phase2.pdf.pdf

 

Sounds like the proposal is that they install lights that cycle between white and blue on a 29 day lunar cycle, with the bluest shade during the new moon and the whitest shade during full moons.

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Thanks August. Are these the blue lights on the tops of the Trail lights, do you think/understand? Or do the under-bridge light effects also follow the lunar cycle?

 

I got the impression from reading the doc that they intended this to be an overall effect, even suggesting that eventually other areas like downtown be tied into it.  I haven't done anything other than skim through the proposal.  Is this something that has actually been approved and/or implemented?

 

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I got the impression from reading the doc that they intended this to be an overall effect, even suggesting that eventually other areas like downtown be tied into it.  I haven't done anything other than skim through the proposal.  Is this something that has actually been approved and/or implemented?

 

 

Yes, it includes the under-bridge lighting.   It was implemented in 2006 on the Sabine to Bagby Promenade section of the Buffalo Bayou.  It has now been implemented on at least parts of the Shepherd to Sabine section.

 

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Trudy Smith spokesperson for Buffalo Bayou spoke at Neartown (great presentation) related that the Brown Foundation will be funding the conversion of the 1927 Houston Waterworks underground cistern ( cathedral?) into an art space.

That is fantastic! I wanted James Turrell to convert it into some big public art installation. Can't wait to hear more about it.

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Trudy Smith spokesperson for Buffalo Bayou spoke at Neartown (great presentation) related that the Brown Foundation will be funding the conversion of the 1927 Houston Waterworks underground cistern ( cathedral?) into an art space.

 

Very exciting news.   Can't wait to learn more.  That is such an amazing space.

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James Turrell would do something very interesting, but since we already have three spaces that are accessible to the public I would like to see them commission Mineko Grimmer to do something reminiscent of her piece that was on display at the Menil from September 2001 to February 2002. It featured water dripping from frozen ice and rock stalactite shapes into pools of water with brass rods strung above the water and below the melting Rocky icicles. They would make chimes as the rocks fell from the frozen icicles and the lights that shown on the water reflected onto the walls creating beautiful patterns as the ripples moved. this to me would be the perfect kind of meditative piece

Featuring water since that is what this space was built for. Holding water. I hope some of you will remember the exhibit or understand what I'm trying to explain. It was a great exhibit and had an incredible audience. I always thought the piece should maybe move into the old Byzantine chapel under the black box.

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Trudy Smith spokesperson for Buffalo Bayou spoke at Neartown (great presentation) related that the Brown Foundation will be funding the conversion of the 1927 Houston Waterworks underground cistern ( cathedral?) into an art space.

 

This is great news, but let's avoid the cathedral metaphor at all costs. It is terribly overused, and I say that as a big fan of cathedrals.

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There's a large hole being dug at the bend in the bayou between the HPD memorial and the skate park, on the south side of Memorial Drive.  Any idea what is? (I apologize in advance, I know, this post is worthless w/o pics. . .)

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Really happy to see the bayou revitlaion been taking serious..I really hope the plans for the east end come to pass..if done like they propose it could make the san Antonio river walk look like a cute little ditch...if it comes out like they plan

 

I agree, this project really needs to focus on Downtown and the East End after the completion of the western stretch. A revitalization of the bayou through Downtown could revolutionize the district. There's so much empty and underutilized space that has the potential to become an urban oasis.

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