Imagine at the Bayou
Encounter: Meeting Points at the Bayou
Placemaking / EGD, Design Research, Installation Art
"Encounter: Meeting Points at the Bayou" was a collaborative environmental design project that expressed an interpretation of the history, economy, resilience, culture, and community values of the East Sector communities of Houston, as they relate to the bayou and green spaces.
Buffalo Bend Nature Park reserve was once an abandoned industrial site that has now been transformed into a natural green space that features three wetland ponds, a cistern, native plantings, a pond overlook, interpretive signage, and hike and bike trails. For this project, I designed wallpaper that represented a harmonious blend of all the natural elements found at the park. This design inspired the blueprint of the proposal that was presented to the Buffalo Bayou Partnership.
My team and I conceptualized and designed interactive framing devices that layers imagery relating to the economy, industry, and ecology of the bayou. The framing devices also tell the history of the bayou to stimulate a connection between Buffalo Bend Nature Park and the residents nearby.
Alongside the framing devices is a park bench to give the park visitors a place to relax and enjoy the nature around them. The bench and chairs were adopted by the park as a permanent installation.
This project inspired my interest in ethnographic field investigations and reinterpreting narratives of the past.