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UH Moment: Revitalizing Buffalo Bayou

It can become a really valuable recreational and community space that will give life back to that area

Graphic design and creative writing students from the University of Houston are working to revitalize the area around Buffalo Bayou in Houston’s East End and Fifth Ward.

“On the east sector nothing has really been developed,” said Nadia Tran, a graphic design major at the University of Houston.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts partnered with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership for “ENCOUNTER: Meeting Points on Buffalo Bayou.” The students created six interactive, text-based installations that reflect Houston’s history, economy, resiliency and culture.

“This is really raising awareness for the development of that community and the development of public recreational spaces and their value,” said Isabelle Serimomtrikul, a graphic design student at UH.

A self-guided tour allowed people to participate in activities at each site, and share their ideas for future plans along the bayou. A new network of waterfront parks and open spaces are part of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s master plan.

“It can become a really valuable recreational and community space that will give life back to that area,” Serimomtrikul said.