• Sims Bayou, one of nine bayous being transformed under the Bayou Greenways 2020 initiative, celebrated its ribbon cutting for the Sims Bayou Greenway on June 8. This new stretch of bayou greenway is 1.8-miles long with a hike and bike trail extending from Heatherbrook Drive to Hillcroft Avenue.
    All photos by F. Carter Smith, courtesy of Houston Parks Board.

  • Big winners at the 31st Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition on Galveston's East Beach included a triple-win by Kirksey + Metzger for Smurf and Turf which took home the Golden Bucket 1st place win, the tallest standing structure and best traditional castle; plus a double-win by Gensler + Harvey for Return of the Crawfish! which netted the Silver Shovel 2nd place win and most Houston-Centric category.
    The not-too-shabby Bronze Shovel 3rd place win went to Ziegler Cooper Architects for Quest for the Holy Pail. The annual competition is a fund-raising event for AIA Houston and ArCH Foundation and serves as one of the top five revenue generating events for the City of Galveston. For more information, visit
    Photos courtesy of AIA Houston; additional photos courtesy of Gensler.

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