Encounter: Meeting Points on Buffalo Bayou

Environmental/ Public Engagement

Encounter: Meeting Points on Buffalo Bayou was a collaboration between the University of Houston Graphic Design students and the Buffalo Bayou Partnership with funding from The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. The project involved interactive installations, which reflected Houston’s history, economy, resiliency, and culture. The installations were placed at six locations along Buffalo Bayou’s East Sector along with a public event with the purpose to engage the community and to get their feedback on the future of Buffalo Bayou East Sector development. The final event involved self-guided exploration of interactive installations, activities, and entertainment at each of the six destinations. 

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Yolanda Black Navarro Buffalo Bend Nature Park

Yolanda Black Navarro Buffalo Bend Nature Park was made with the purpose of offering the residents with the opportunity to learn about the ecological and historic roots of their neighborhood. The goal of our project was to offer new found perspectives for park visitors that involve ideas of deep observation as well as natural and cultural observation. Interactive viewing frames located at Yolanda Black Navarro Buffalo Bend Park, make part of a series of interactive installations along the Buffalo Bayou, East End Houston. This project was in collaboration with: Esalee Andrade-Guerrero, Miguel Guerrero, Kevin Marroquin, and Amira Maruf.

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The installations consist of the site’s beacon, an existing cistern with the applied signage, community table made out of wooden spools, and viewing frames made out of repurposed oil barrels. 


Photo:  Esalee Andrade-Guerrero, Miguel Guerrero, Valentina Gutierrez



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