August 2018


August 2018

TAMU Students Efforts to Reimagine ECD Neighborhood Earn Statewide Recognition

A university student design team’s inventive re-envisioning for the Threadneedle neighborhood off Dairy Ashford has earned a 2017 Merit Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, Texas Chapter (TX-ASLA).

Ideas for the master-planning project sprouted during a collaboration between The Energy Corridor District and the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning – a partnership that for the past four years has been sowing fertile ground for exploring new visions and uses for areas within The District.

The “Threadneedle Neighborhood: The Energy Corridor District” redevelopment plan was created by TAMU undergraduate students Christina Anderson, Stephen Parsons, Andrew Toungate and Ashton Williams in a studio led by Dr. Jun-Hyun Kim, assistant professor of TAMU’s Dept. of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.

Students sought to improve livability and attractiveness for everyone using the mixed-use Threadneedle / St. Mary’s area, including neighborhood property owners, residents, businesses and employees. All while promoting improved multimodal transportation options and sustainable practices.

Re-imagining the neighborhood, student teams faced the challenges often associated with Houston streets: inadequate pedestrian circulation, dangerous intersections, dominating impervious surfaces (lots of concrete) and a dearth of pedestrian-friendly destinations.

The student designers created a plan to enhance community corridors, promote environmentally responsive design and create more vibrant, pedestrian-friendly destinations – adding a transportation hub to create connectivity within neighboring areas.

“Over the past years, our students and I had an exciting planning and design experience with The Energy Corridor District’s tireless support,” explains Dr. Kim. “The projects truly offered high-impact learning opportunities for our students and programs. I can’t thank The District team enough for its consideration and support for our strong partnership in exploring a future vision for the Energy Corridor.”

For more information about ECD’s partnership with Texas A&M University, contact Fabiana Demarie, Urban Planner for The District, at

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