Young architects share visions for Houston’s future

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Updated 5:45 am, Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A group of young architects and innovators are giving a glimpse into Houston’s possible future. 

The group is known as “ByDesign,” and they have some wild ideas about how to revolutionize the city’s roads, parks and skyscrapers.

One project seeks to redesign pieces of Lower Westheimer and Montrose in order to make them more pedestrian friendly, complete with pop-up stores, a dog park and a ski-lift style transport system.

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According to a news release by the group, the change “not only improves road conditions, but relieves traffic congestion, increases foot traffic and generates more revenue for local businesses, all while preserving the Montrose/Westheimer culture.”

The designers, which were recently featured on Houston Matters, also attempt to tackle Houston’s blemishes, like a big parking lot on Louisiana and McKinney. A project dubbed “Lyft” would raise the parking lot and turn it into an elevated pedestrian space for Houstonians. 

Even deeper into the future, the architects tooled around with the idea of a hyperloop, Elon Musk’s super rapid, pod-like transit system that would travel at more than 700 miles per hour. 

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The Houston designers believe the hyperloop could offer a trip between Houston to Dallas in 31 minute and be attached to  “a central hub in the form of an iconic, twisted tower in EaDo that can not only serve as a the transit center for the technology, but also a destination for the city offering retail amenities, conferencing and more.”

Click through above to see photos of the groups designs for Houston.

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