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A Wondrous Return: Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
by Design Workshop

Brandon Huttenlocher/Design Workshop & Charles Mayer/Reed Hilderbrand

The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center has transformed its 65-acre core as an initial phase of improvements.

The six-year effort reconfigured circulation and parking, developed new educational facilities, constructed a network of trails, and established sustainable ecologies. The phase one work renews a ravaged landscape – with over 50% of the tree canopy lost from the impact of hurricanes and drought over the last fifteen years – and gives the public a new educational resource with a resilient future. Visitors traverse ribbons of boardwalks and trails, experiencing restored ecologies in interpretation nodes. Visitation has increased dramatically following phase one construction.

This project has been longlisted in the landscape project category of Dezeen Awards 2021.

Architect: Design Workshop
Project: A Wondrous Return: Houston Arboretum and Nature Center’s Leadership Toward a Resilient Future

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