Downtown Houston parking garage interventions
Feiersinger, Martin C.
Cannady, William T.
Master of Architecture
The wheel of the design-process was brought into movement rapidly with the "discovery” of potential landscapes within the city of automobile accessible roof terraces in Downtown Houston, 12 feet above street level. Polaroid series, most of which were shot from the car, documented the various "journeys" through these places. Thereafter three parking garages were chosen for three experiments. Three projects, independent of one another, were commenced at once, reflecting my interest in the simultaneity of different processes as well as in the dynamic influences within the process. The three programs: From a catalog of imagined functions, triggered by the "discovered landscapes", the following were selected: First, 3 houses for one person who seeks orientation and observes the city but lives in the greatest isolation; with the starting-point in "personal sensual experience". Second, in opposition to the above, "public architecture" was discussed with specific performance places; with the starting-point in "collective experience/communication". Third, in between the aforementioned poles a rather conventional program of an athletic club as well as a night club was given form.