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If Houston's Population Projections Are Correct, Where Are We Going to Put Everyone?

  • 1.  If Houston's Population Projections Are Correct, Where Are We Going to Put Everyone?

    Posted 10-20-2018 20:52

    If Houston's Population Projections Are Correct, Where Are We Going to Put Everyone? | Houston Public Media
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    If Houston's Population Projections Are Correct, Where Are We Going to Put Everyone? | Houston Public Media
    Recent projections say the region's population could top 10 million in the next 20 years According to a recent projection, Greater Houston's population could top 10 million by the year 2040. That's really not that far away, and while projections can be revised, even coming anywhere near that number leads to a daunting question: where will all these Houstonians go?
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    To find out what infrastructure improvements will be needed over the next 20 years in order to accommodate any further significant population growth in the region – and to discuss how Houston could develop to successfully accommodate all those people - Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talked with Dr. Bruce Race. He's an architect and urban planner and a professor in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston.

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    Bruce Race FAIA
    Professor of Architecture
    Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston
    Houston TX
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  • 2.  RE: If Houston's Population Projections Are Correct, Where Are We Going to Put Everyone?

    Posted 10-22-2018 17:36
    Very interesting.  I am going to forward this to my Houston peeps.  Nice to see you on my computer monitor, Bruce.

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    John Hoffmann FAIA
    Hoffmann Architects
    Hamden CT
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  • 3.  RE: If Houston's Population Projections Are Correct, Where Are We Going to Put Everyone?

    Posted 10-25-2018 16:51
    Houston is an interesting problem from both a flooding and development standpoint.
    in 1988 I was a member of an AIA R/UDAT team that visited Houston and looked at development planning.  I believe that Houston still has no zoning, which was and is an issue. Development was controlled by neighbourhood controls within that neighbouhood.  It is something of a free-for-all which is attractive to developers, but is, of course, creating multiple problems, some of which inhibits  development of sufficient infrastructure at the larger scale to handle population growth.
    A classmate of mine from Harvard GSD was working with the planned community 'The Woodlands', north of Houston, which is likely working well with its planning constraints, but poor Houston is likely a suburban mess.   i believe that zoning continues to be eschewed and I am guessing that no one is taking any regional view of planning.
    Not to mention the newly recognized increase in hurricanes due to increased global warming, which will continue to be an issue for Houston in its location for hurricane central in the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Mark Hall FAIA, OAA, RPP, CAHP
    President
    MW Hall Corporation
    Toronto ON
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