WEAK FORM – STRONG SUBJECT
New forms of density in Houston’s 5th Ward
The intention of this proposal is to enlist economies of scale in the project of redevelopment and densification. This requires the articulation of a second model of redevelopment that occurs, not at a building-by-building but at a block-by-block or superblock scale. The challenge is to create new density in concert with open space that is configured as a genuine amenity. Planning density is to paradoxically plan emptiness or open space, as one cannot exist without the other. In collaboration with Albert Pope through a grant from the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, we proposed an architecture and urban model through the transformation of robust communities characterized by open space, a declining housing market, and unmaintained infrastructure.