Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city in the US, is the largest metropolitan area in the US without zoning regulations. As a result, the city is a patchwork of uses with industrial and commercial zones ensconced in residential neighborhoods. These industrial zones were often distributed in a way that disproportionately impacted low-income communities and communities of color, subjecting residents to pollution, noise, and decreased neighborhood quality.
For the Greening the Industrial City competition, participants are asked to submit a masterplan proposal for an industrial park that was built over a natural waterway. The proposal would need to find clever ways to expose the natural beauty of the waterway underneath the industrial park, as well as address neighborhood concerns.
The top entries from the competition will be critiqued by in-person jurors following a TEDxHouston Countdown event. The countdown is a series of TED talks focused on innovative solutions and thought leadership in addressing the effects of global warming. Selected competition entries will be displayed in the auditorium of the TEDxHouston Countdown speaker series.
Download the full competition brief for more information!
The competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English