Houston 2020 Visions Lecture Series: Green Corridors

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April 8, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
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Houston 2020 Visions Lecture Series: Green Corridors
with Beth White; Kinder Baumgardner, ASLA; J. David Waggonner, FAIA; and moderated by Elissa Hoagland Izmailyan
Thursday, April 8, 6pm
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Houston cherishes the bayous, prairie grasses, and live oaks that define its landscape, and is moving towards greater appreciation of those natural features and their benefits for residents and businesses. How can Houston continue to think more holistically about urban infrastructure and create a greener and more livable future for the city? The city and its identity are being strengthened through existing and ongoing nature-based infrastructure projects including a network of green corridors that can function as both recreational areas and tools for flood mitigation.

The Green Corridors panel, features Beth White, Houston Parks Board; Kinder Baumgardner, ASLA, SWA Group; J. David Waggonner, FAIA, Waggonner & Ball and moderated by Elissa Hoagland Izmailyan, senior director of community and economic development at Trinity Park Conservancy in Dallas, TX. Panelists will discuss the important role green connectors play within the makeup of cities.

Beth White gives an overview of Bayou Greenways 2020 and the linear park system that is transforming 3,000 acres of underutilized land into publicly accessible open space while providing a network of connected parks and trails. Kinder Baumgardner presents SWA Group’s Houston Green Loop, a continuous multi-use linear park that runs over, under, and around the future downtown highway system, creating better connectivity among neighborhoods and urban districts. J. David Waggonner’s Living with Water Houston explores approaches to flood mitigation that tie in local history, culture, and character to provide environmental, health, and economic benefits tailored to each neighborhood.


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