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massive oak trees have been cleverly surrounded by elevated worktables with complimentary charging stations that are open to the public, designed by landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations. These outdoor areas will mingle with the patios of Houston-centric restaurants slated to open in the coming months: joining a Common Bond outpost, The Ion will be home to Late August, a collaboration between Chris Williams and James Beard Award nominee and Bravo Top Chef finalist (and former Olympic long jumper), Dawn Burrell. In addition, The Ion will host The Lymbar, a Latin/Mediterranean fusion concept from David CordĂșa, son of Churrascos founder Michael CordĂșa; as well as the first brick-and- mortar location for Stuff'd Wings, Jarrod Rector's Third Ward food- truck sensation. Besides green spaces and restaurants reflecting Houston's vibrant food culture, expect a public art program at The Ion to be launched within the coming months. T h e I o n e m b o d i e s R i c e University's stated intention to become a more active community member in Houston, including specific commitments to workforce, job creation, affordable housing, and equitable development without displacement. While the university's campus can seem hidden behind the hedges, the Innovation District makes explicit that the fate of Rice is entwined with the fate of Houston. The Ion, 4201 Main St., ionhouston. com. Check website for schedule updates. The Ion by SHoP Architects, James Carpenter Design Associates, and Gensler The Ion unveils October 2021. 120

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