• Week 1

    Week 1

    The first week of the Summer Intern Program focused on inventory, analysis, and visioning for The Greater Third Ward area. The interns familiarized themselves with the character of each of the three Super Neighborhoods that exist within the 7,000-acre area, as well as the adjacent Museum District and Medical Center. In a short period of time, the students gained an understanding of the distinctive ethnic, religious, cultural, and professional elements that shape the community of The Third Ward, including both the University of Houston and Texas Southern University.

  • Week 2

    Week 2

    In the second week, Tak and Meng focused on revitalizing the north part of The Third Ward, particularly along Dowling Street. They sought to create design prototypes that would introduce new development, while preserving the cultural and historic characteristics of the neighborhood, primarily through planting and beautification strategies

  • Week 3

    Week 3

    Meng’s goal for week three was to redevelop Dowling Street, while also retaining the historic and cultural characteristics of The Third Ward neighborhood. His approach was to create a mechanism that emphasized the neighborhood characteristics and made the residents proud of their community.

  • Week 4

    Week 4

    Blooming Triangle is a new Bayou museum which is located near historic site of Alan’s Landing. The green weaving structure will stand for a town of Between Two Bayous, providing an impressive scene from I-45. This green structure will also function as a treatment wetland. The water from Bayou will be pumped up to the rooftop and cleaned as it runs down to Bayou.

Meng Cai


Born in 1987, I grew up in Xi’an, China. The elegant forms of ancient architecture and the tranquility of solitary gardens fascinated me and led me to the field of landscape architecture. My BLA education at the University of Washington provides me exciting possibilities to stretch my learning in landscape design within an interdisciplinary atmosphere. Currently, I am participating in a cross-disciplinary design lab helping a Chinese ethnic village with re-planning after the catastrophic earthquake. I was also briefly educated in Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo, Japan. s, urban parks and residential areas etc.