Urban Infrastructure

Houston infrastructure

Exploring Houston’s Architectural History

Howard Barnstone was a modern architect in the mid-twentieth century decades. He was also a professor of architecture at the University of Houston from 1948 to 1987. UH adjunct assistant professor in the College of...

By Cory Thaxton
Columbia Tap Trail

Engaging with the Columbia Tap Trail in Houston’s Third Ward

The Columbia Tap Hike and Bike Trail is four-mile path through the middle of Third Ward. Once a railway, the trail provides a path for many Houstonians to hike, bike and walk, which is important to many community members who may not have access to transportation. But the trail needs...

By Sarah F. Hill
pipe on blue background

Conserving Water to Combat Subsidence

Houston Public Works, the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District, and civil engineering researchers from the University of Houston estimated how much water could potentially be saved through targeted water conservation measures...

By Sarah F. Hill
aerial shot of Houston from above the clouds

Envisioning an Ecologically-Minded Model in Architecture

Houston is known for being an oil town. But 50 years from now, will it still center on the petrochemical industry?

By Sarah F. Hill
gas pump

Making Electric Mobility Accessible

Houston is synonymous with traffic. But the wave of the future is electric vehicles. Electric vehicle ownership will ramp up in the coming years, and University of Houston researchers are behind the policies which might make this vision a reality.

By Sarah F. Hill
Highway On Ramp in Downtown Houston

Building Better Roads in Houston

A promenade down any Houston road will show you buildings in development, sidewalk cracks and pavement breakage. It’s so common here because Houston ranks among the cities with the most miles of highways and cities with the most construction. From roads and highways to buildings and sidewalks, Houston uses cement more than it uses the word “ya’ll.”

By Rene Cantu†
Close up of mold growing.

Weathering the Weather

The difference between living in Houston and living in the Sahara is that you’ll at least experience cool nights in the Sahara. If you live in Houston, you know firsthand that the humidity is so thick here you can spread it over toast with a knife. One of the unfortunate effects of the hot and humid climate in the Bayou City is mold.

By Rene Cantu†
Map of sediment around the city of Houston post Harvey.

Decreasing the Damage from Subsidence

For over 100 years, the city of Houston and the surrounding metropolitan region have been impacted by subsidence or the sinking of the land.

By Sarah F. Hill
A bridge reaching across Port Houston

Simulating the Houston Ship Channel

For years, vessel traffic congestion at the Houston Ship Channel (HSC) has been serious local issue. A professor at UH wants to help mitigate that fact.

By Rene Cantu†