Jury feedback summary
The jurors felt that this entry had the most sophisticated reading of the existing neighborhood context as well as a deep understanding of the neighborhood needs. The proposal was both a light touch and a radical reimagining of what is possible with adaptively reusing industrial structures. The jurors appreciated the inclusion of a “Memorial Wall” that connected to the adjacent historical cemetery for African Americans. The concept was also quite open ended, suggesting a degree of flexibility for the development process as opposed to a rigid masterplan. The project’s collage resonated with the radical visions of Archigram’s Instant City, as it suggested an almost guerilla do-it-yourself approach to urban cultural development. The jury also appreciated the gesture toward Buffalo Bayou and the site’s relationship to downtown, suggesting a sensitivity to urban context as well as positing a vision of the future that is multi-modally connective.