Confidential Master Plan Competition 59
Houston, Texas, USA
The plan proposes a conceptual model for
With a unifying “carpet,” the initial strategy
capacity to sustain a dense population,
improving the quality of life in this district,
seeks to connect previously separated
regenerate natural resources and mitigate
which is 12 miles west of downtown Houston
neighborhoods. This sustainable urban
the effects of climate change.
along the Interstate 10 Energy Corridor.
topography provides a foundation for the city's infrastructure. New districts designed
The design separates vehicular activity, giving
Though it greatly improved connectivity
around the corridor are conﬁned to the
preference to pedestrians. The long-term
among US cities, the introduction of
limits of the blanket, creating a diverse but
proposal looks to negate the automobile-
the country's Interstate Highway System
compact urban footprint.
driven development by providing alternative
divided many neighborhoods. In Houston, the
transportation methods. This reduces the
highways have hindered pedestrian movement
The “performative topography” concept is
strain on roadway infrastructure while
and damaged residents’ sense of community.
integrated with a plan to use vertical growth
creating an urban environment that promotes
to resolve horizontal sprawl. By expanding
The new master plan creates a more livable
vertically, new development requires less
civic space by cross-pollinating building
infrastructure and land.
systems, public and private sectors, and
◄ aerial view
active and passive landscapes. The design
As it restores the equilibrium of culture, city
introduces a new example of city-making and
and nature, the landscape strategy gives
injects a sense of place into the area.
the current urban environment the
2014 design annual
13.1 million sq. ft. / 1.2 million sq. m.