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WORK + LIVE + LEARN + PLAY creating a new community

a thesis proposal by Jennifer King, Fall 2010

INTRODUCTION PROGRAM program description program breakdown SITE ANALYSIS SITESPECIlCATIONS dimension site plan existing site massing views to site views from site single family housing multi family housing site history site access utilities contours + drainage natural vegetation area building footprints land use map sun + wind diagrams site weather  mOODPLAINMAP parks + open space  TRAFlCmOWAROUNDSITE light + sound + smell third ward third ward statistics k-12 education facilities higher education facilities public housing inside loop 610 bus route transportation future expansion of metro rail conclusion PRELIMINARY DESIGN preliminary building footprint preliminary building massing amenities diagram PRECEDENTS 8 house st. francis square edible schoolyard  STEPUPONlFTH housing for families RESEARCH BIBLIOGRAPHY

01//02 03//10 05//08 09//10 11//44 13 14 15//16 17//18 19//20 21 22 23//24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45//50 47 48 49 50 51//62 53//54 55//56 57//58 59//60 61//62 63//72 73//76


LIVE + LEARN +PLAY + WORK table of contents




Public Housing is more than just a place to live, public housing programs should provide opportunities to residents and their families. - Carolyn McCarthy

The United States public housing facilities have began to take a steady downhill turn in the past couple of decades due to poor maintenance, crime, dilapidated buildings and the increase of families in need. As a consequence the residents of these facilities are suffering and with no other options are living in these desolate structures. The health and wellbeing of the residents should not be put on the back burner. In the last 15 years, more than 150,000 of the nation’s public housing units have been lost, as agencies have sold or torn down de1 crepit properties. The maintenance logs in many of the country’s major cities are back logged until 2012, which leaving residents with leaking ceiling causing mold growth, holes in walls and windows allowing rodents or insects to come in and cracks in ceilings or walls. How much does a person have to endure before someone will help them out? These issues are in the hands of the housing authority and government that reside over these complexes. The United States has relied on the past housing model for too long and is need for new architecture. It is no longer enough to only supply a roof but provide a foundation, that is positive, gratifying and envelop the people in a nurturing environment. “We must learn to understand humanity better so that we can create an environment that is more concentrate their attention on the building as a static object. I believe dynamics are more important: the dynamics of people, their interaction with spaces and environmental condition.” – John Portman numerous amount of rooms, like cages for a person to stay for food and sleep then to leave the next day only complete the circle again. There is no community involvement or neighbor support like what is found in suburbs or neighborhoods within a city. Even in the poorest neighborhoods there are support system that keep the residents together; mainly worship centers with a few parks and community centers sprinkled about. The built environment should facilitate the creation of a community, no matter if it’s one building or a number of houses lined on the street. When you have a positive environment of neighbors you take pride in more than just your habitat but others also. Creating a space where a person not only lives but works, learns and plays with the other inhabitants will build a community within the architecture. A self-sustainable complex that provides a balance between equity, ecology and environment is new architecture. Focusing on the quality of life and what the person needs to improve in their life. The new architecture of housing should provide opportunities for the residents. Opportunities within a housing program can relay a sense of ownership and provide positive responses to the environment around not only the private but also the punlic. A streams out into the surrounding neighborhood. The main design intention is to have a place that low-income families are proud to call home, provide a place to learn, compliment the family’s strengths and create a new community, all without putting the family’s health, livelihood or safety at risk.

1//Buckley, Cara. “Public Housing Repairs Can’t Keep Pace With Demand.” New York Times. 24 Oct. 2010. Web. 26 Oct. 2010.


“Each new situation requires a new architecture.” –Jean Nouvel


All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of the space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space. - Philip Johnson

04 PROGRAM//table of contents PROGRAM program description program breakdown

03//10 05//08 09//10

05 PROGRAM//descriptions

LIVE// to maintain or support one’s existence; provide for oneself WORK// activity directed toward making or doing something LEARN// to acquire knowledge of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience PLAY// activity that refreshes and recreates; activity that renews your health and spirits by enjoyment and relaxation work and play. The new architecture of housing income is between 50-80% lower than the median income of the city. The program will be an incubator that offers resources and amenities at a small level directly to the community within and can later grow as the community grows to broaden into the neighborhood around. The resources will lead to economic growth for the building and community. Quantity


1 1 1

500 150 150

2 15

300 1000 300 150 400 150 1450 300 150 400 150 1750 300 300 150 400 150 500

Residential Units Lobby Front Desk Mail Room Restroom One Bedroom Unit Bedroom Bathroom Kitchen + Living Room Storage Two Bedrooms Unit Bedroom Bathroom Kitchen + Living Room Storage Three Bedrooms Unit Master Bedroom Bedroom Two Bathroom Kitchen + Living Room Storage Trash & Recycling

15 2 2

15 2 2

each floor

Residential Live + Work Cafeteria Food Storage Kitchen Seating Area Washateria 10 washers 10 dryers Grocery Store Storage Office Clothing Store Storage Office

5000 500 2000 2500 750

5000 500 150 1000 200 150

Thesis Proposal  

Architecture, Houston

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