Houston Matters

Architectural Makeovers in Houston

Near the Gulf Freeway south of Hobby Airport stands Almeda Mall. As shopping centers go, it’s solid, if a bit nondescript. There’s a Burlington Coat Factory, a Vitamin World, a Macy’s. Some 60 stores in all. Surrounding the mall is an area that might be charitably referred to as “underdeveloped.” Windows of nearby stores are […]

Near the Gulf Freeway south of Hobby Airport stands Almeda Mall. As shopping centers go, it's solid, if a bit nondescript. There's a Burlington Coat Factory, a Vitamin World, a Macy's. Some 60 stores in all. Surrounding the mall is an area that might be charitably referred to as "underdeveloped." Windows of nearby stores are shuttered, parking lots are empty. The place could stand a redesign. Enter Professor Susan Rogers and her students in the College of Architecture at the University of Houston. Each semester, Professor Rogers issues a challenge to her students – to propose new solutions to areas of Houston that have been neglected. We'll talk with Professor Rogers about such initiatives.

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