How is Houston’s walkability improved over years? While the public transit in the city made significant progress compared to 10 years ago, the parks and squares in Houston’s urban area have been growing in terms of quantity and quality. The population centers of Uptown and Mid Town have been transformed to reach new level of urban identity building and more Ren Chi places that have enough reasons for people to stay and enjoy outdoor living space and socializing with others. The concept below was developed 2 years ago as an attempt to infuse more Ren Chi into the urban public realm.
Part of uptown’s post oak boulevard street transformation effort, the park on San Felipe proposal searches for a solution to shared-use street and popular outdoor space for a city-in-transition like Houston, where the public realm becomes more pedestrian – oriented, addressing an ever growing need for urban places with cultural identity and people attracting qualities. Peiwen proposed two conceptual options for the parklet on San Felipe, both include tall illuminating panels on background fence wall. Their distinct materiality and water feature style create different experiences for users, but all provided comfortable seating and plenty of shade.
Graphics: Courtesy of SWA Group