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SKYPARK

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PIERCE SKYPARK

HOUSTON CHRONICLE 'MOST INTRIGUING IDEA' OF 2015                                  

ARCHITECTS NEWSPAPER BEST OF DESIGN AWARDS 2016 HONORABLE MENTION

 

What if we could turn a freeway into a park in the sky? The Pierce Elevated does not meet current design standards, so it can’t continue to be used as a highway – Tx Dot has stated they will demolish it as they plan a reroute of I-45 – but why let it be demolished? Why not convert the miles of elevated infrastructure into a sky park, with a spaces to enjoy the outdoors while viewing Houston’s amazing skyline? It’s all about quality of life, sustainability, connectivity, healthy fun, the environment.

It complements Buffalo Bayou Park, provides new accessibility into downtown and forms a key connector for the city’s growing network of hike and bike trails.

This 'big idea' has been anticipated to bring a 1.2 Billion Dollar boost to the city of Houston. It could provide a stage for amazing community gatherings and many more unprecedented ways to develop and program the fabric of Houston.