on Dec 08, 2023
Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan Named Finalist in Urban Land Institute Houston Development of Distinction Awards
We are honored to announce that the Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan was chosen as a finalist in the “Moonshot” category of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Houston’s Development of Distinction People’s Choice Award 2024. The Development of Distinction Awards recognize “developments and public open spaces that exemplify best practices in design, construction, economic viability, healthy places, marketing and management.” The “Moonshot” Award celebrates developments and open spaces that ” are ambitious and groundbreaking; often associated with radical innovation and transformational change.”
Cast your vote here for the Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan!
HR&A congratulates our clients, Buffalo Bayou Partnership and collaborators including the project’s world-class master planning team led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Over the course of three years, HR&A helped Buffalo Bayou Partnership shape an investment strategy for Buffalo Bayou East — more than 700 acres of public and private waterfront bayou land in East Houston — extending the city’s network of bayou-fronting open spaces and trails eastward. The plan embraces the natural beauty, cultural heritage, and industrial legacy within two historic Black and Latinx communities.
Last year, the Kinder Foundation committed a historic gift of $100 million to help fund the plan, which helped the Buffalo Bayou Partnership secure over $100M in additional commitments from the City of Houston and Harris County. These significant investments have proven critical for transforming this “moonshot” vision into a reality.