Inhabiting downtown Houston: Density and hollowness in the contemporary city
Marini, David James
Master of Architecture
This thesis is an investigation of urban form, specifically urban form that allows for architectural interventions at a variety of scales, as well as an architecture that is at once, dense and porous. The idea derives from an interpretive reading of the city of Houston, as well as a predilection for modernist urban strategies that have these same concerns at their core. Aspects of scale and density are explored for their potential to register the subject into the city, establishing a reflexive relationship between the body and architecture. The self-service gas station is seen as a modern urban artifact that serves as a spatial model for testing these ideas. The thesis is explored through the design proposal for a small institution--a vocational school with housing, dining, and research facilities that occupy two vacant blocks in the southeast periphery of downtown Houston.
Architecture; Urban planning; Regional planning