The Houston tunnel system: A human approach (Texas)
Songer, Elizabeth Dawn
Master of Architecture
The individual's relationship to the public takes on architectural significance when one is designing for the city. Urban and architectural designs tend to generalize crowd movements and needs, squandering any sense of individuality. The designer must incorporate aspects of personal choice in order to create successful urban landscapes for the individual. Houston's city streets are designed in absence of the pedestrian; the street life suffers for it. The individual is granted a subterranean street, the tunnel system. Although it is strictly for pedestrians, this system of buried hallways lacks many pedestrian needs. A comprehensible measure of distance and a sense of orientation are missing from its environment. It is possible to create of this underground world something suited toward the individual and the more intimate crowd while maintaining contact with the crowd of speeding steel in the streets above.
Architecture; Urban planning; Regional planning