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http://mc2architects.com/2020/01/09/mai-gia-thon/

 

Mai Gia Thon was developed to address a growing need of the Vietnamese community in Houston. Many of the older Vietnamese immigrants are not fully assimilated to the western way-of-life. They have grown more isolated from society in their own homes. The goal of Mai Gia Thon is to build a community for older Vietnamese with shared cultural values and a support system for their well-beings. The villagers are encouraged to get out and interact with their neighbors. The main activity of the inhabitants is walking. The master plan of Mai Gia Thon centers around a network of pedestrian walkways that connects communal spaces together: Vegetable gardens, sunken plazas and a wide promenade are all designed to promote an outdoor “village” life style that is healthy, physically and emotionally.



 

The site for Mai Gia Thon is next to the one of Brays Bayou drainage tributary. Much of the site is in the 500-year flood plain. The goals of the development is to build in a sustainable way that would help mitigate the flooding problems of Houston and reduce the energy consumption for the complexes. Vegetable gardens and plazas are sunken to retain water during heavy rains to mitigate flooding. Promenade is lowered to increase the capacity of the bayou. Using the Texas “dog-trot structure as a precedent, living structures are designed with operable windows to capture prevailing wind to reduce energy consumption and promote open air living that is familiar to the Vietnamese way of life.

 

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https://dinhcuglobal.com/du-an-dau-tu-eb-5/du-an-mai-gia-thon/

 

Mai Gia Thon  is a modern housing project consisting of 73 townhouses and 78 1-3 bedroom apartments, designed by the famous architectural firm MC2 Architecs with highlights to honor culture, tradition, Vietnamese lifestyle and family in Bellaire area, Ho Chi Minh City. Houston, Texas, is for middle-aged and Vietnamese people.



 

Mai Gia Thon is located on Kirkwood Boulevard, south is Bellaire Boulevard, north is Alief Clodine and Westpark Tollway, west is Cook Street. Kirkwood area located in "opportunity zones " are areas u u treat taxes as head t u with money words  prescribed by the United States Internal Revenue Service.

 

Mai Gia Thon is the first project in the Kirwood - Bellaire area, which has been planned for 20 years to develop a Vietnamese community named Phuong Vi Xu (including Mai Gia Thon, Truc Gia Thon, Dao Gia Thon, etc.). ) there are traditional values. Vietnamese culture, language and identity are preserved and developed.

 

The project is finishing the detailed design and applying for construction permit

The second quarter of 2020 started construction of phase 1, including apartments and 73 townhouses. 

From the 3rd quarter of 2020 offering apartments and townhouses to the market.

Then continue phase 2 to build 78 apartments until the fourth quarter of 2022 to complete the project.

 

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Awesome!!  Now if we could just figure out a way to get lifetime locals to connect with other locals and try to enjoy their environment (and life), rather than being hold up in their airtight homes, watch nothing but trash and news, being convinced by social media that the other people, and the world, are things to be feared.  More thoughtful, productive, innovative and attractive developments like this, please.  Lots more. 

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16 minutes ago, Avossos said:

I can't figure out where this would go...

 

Looking at the picture, it appears to be on the west side of Kirkwood, perhaps a quarter mile north of Bellaire Blvd.

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25 minutes ago, Naviguessor said:

Awesome!!  Now if we could just figure out a way to get lifetime locals to connect with other locals and try to enjoy their environment (and life), rather than being hold up in their airtight homes, watch nothing but trash and news, being convinced by social media that the other people, and the world, are things to be feared.  More thoughtful, productive, innovative and attractive developments like this, please.  Lots more. 

 

I think the idea here is to build a community where the residents can connect with each other in their own language and culture rather than with the outside world.

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Using my google investigation skills I've pinpointed the site to be here:

 

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If you look at the north side of the render you will see a few buildings which match the buildings north of this image.

 

EDIT: Honestly @Urbannizer with this being such a big development that has multiple midrise apartments and clusters of townhomes, wouldn't this be in "Going Up"?

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On 1/14/2020 at 4:50 PM, Luminare said:

Using my google investigation skills I've pinpointed the site to be here:

 

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If you look at the north side of the render you will see a few buildings which match the buildings north of this image.

 

That's what I concluded as well, though I wonder if they are really going to purchase and tear down the church or if they took a little license with the site rendering.

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6 minutes ago, Luminare said:

Using my google investigation skills I've pinpointed the site to be here:

 

AIyIDd5.jpg

 

If you look at the north side of the render you will see a few buildings which match the buildings north of this image.

 

EDIT: Honestly @Urbannizer with this being such a big development that has multiple midrise apartments and clusters of townhomes, wouldn't this be in "Going Up"?

 

@Luminare Done

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1 hour ago, august948 said:

 

I think the idea here is to build a community where the residents can connect with each other in their own language and culture rather than with the outside world.

Yeah. I get that.  It’s great.  I hope it succeeds and more like it is done across the immigrant spectrum. 

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I think this is a much needed project that addresses several issues. It's hopefully  going to provide low cost housing for the seniors. I think it's a great plan to create a community for these elderly Vietnames who will surely enjoy a close network of friends and a means of exercising. Social relations helps keep the elderly healthier. It make great sense. This will open up some housing in areas where they currently reside. I think they considered a lot of issues. The one thing that gives me concern is the fact that they're building a senior citizens residential

enclave in the Brays Bayou 500 year flood plain. I hope they have planned for evacuations. Some seniors aren't capable of getting out as quickly as others.

All in all, I think this project is a good idea. I just wish it  wasn't in the flood plain.

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Hence why everything is raised off the ground, or built directly over parking.  But we’ve all seen that design answer prove to be inadequate multiple times over the last five years.

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17 hours ago, Naviguessor said:

Yeah. I get that.  It’s great.  I hope it succeeds and more like it is done across the immigrant spectrum. 

 

Self segregation will always be a choice that some want to make. If its a choice then its fine, but if its from top down then its wrong, and/or if done for arbitrary reasons. If the market sees this as a choice for that area, that makes sense, then that's also fine.

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The title of this thread is a bit misleading by saying it's in Bellaire.  It seems that it's actually in Alief.  Not only is it not anywhere near the city of Bellaire, but it's a full quarter of a mile from even the street of Bellaire Boulevard.  Could we get that corrected?

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