Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Memorial Park
Houston, Texas

Between 2008 and 2012 Houston’s Memorial Park lost nearly 60% of its mature tree canopy to hurricane and drought. In response, the Arboretum resolved to pursue the development of “resilient ecologies,” a mix of woodlands, wetlands, savannas, and prairies that more authentically represents the historic regional ecological context. In conjunction with this ambitious and far-sighted effort, Main Street is creating guest experiences for a new visitor center and education complex, and for “field stations” located along paths and trails. There will be no air-conditioned gallery, only a large, open, shaded and weather-protected deck that serves as a conceptual gateway to the site. Interpretation will focus on the restoration project itself, offering ongoing observation, documentation, and engagement with the Arboretum’s living ecological experiment and showcasing the fact that humans can play a positive role in the natural world.

Project Partners

Lake Flato Architects
architecture
Design Workshop
landscape architecture
Reed Hildebrand
landscape architecture
Magian Design Studio
audiovisual and multimedia
Electrosonic
audiovisual and multimedia