Designing Three Model Developments For Houston

Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company is on charrette designing three different sites in Houston, a city well-known for its homogeneous suburban development. Plans include a TOD, sustainability, brownfield redevelopment, and of course walkability.

"Frank Liu of Houston-based Lovett Homes has hired prominent architect Andres Duany of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. to create master plans for the projects.

Duany is known for his work in the "new urbanism" movement, which promotes walkable, neighborhood-based developments as an alternative to sprawl.

He is in Houston with a team of designers from his Miami-based firm to join other experts in the fields of transportation and green building in a series of charrettes - intense architectural brainstorming sessions - to come up with plans for Liu's three sites.

The proposed projects are:

• A 38-acre former Superfund area, known as the MDI site, east of downtown at 3617 Baer.
• About 120 acres in several parcels near the Fannin South light rail station.
• 110 acres in the Spring Branch area near Hammerly Boulevard and Bingle."

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