Bayou Mile (Texas)
Easterling, John Samuel
Cannady, William T.
Master of Architecture
This architectural design thesis contends that meaning is found not in historical typologies and static conceptions of architectural form but in the specifics of the proposed architecture's conditions--in its precise regional cultural territory and from the particular landscape of which it is a part (Houston). Such an approach is typically labeled Critical Regionalist as defined by architectural theorist Kenneth Frampton. This thesis proposes to extend Frampton's definition of Critical Regionalism by offering an architecture which is informed by the natural systems and processes, the geomorphology, and the phenomenology of the regional landscape. The project focuses on the bayou system, the Houston landscape's most significant and salient natural feature. The ideas derived from the bayous, along with the cultural, historical and formal content of the site are transformed into the architectural proposal from its overall massing; to its spatial configuration; and to the tactility of its smallest detail.
Architecture; Urban planning; Regional planning