protoHouse: Searching for new form
Master of Architecture
The end of the twentieth century is marked with the debut of the information age and the beginning of a global society. The dynamic properties of urban landscapes throughout the world are escalating to new levels in direct response to the new social, political and economic paradigms that are being imposed by this new phenomenon. While the dynamic properties of urban landscapes are escalating, architectural innovation in regards to the individuals of modest means seems to be lagging far behind. The protoHouse is an attempt to realize new building types in response to the global influences upon the local condition. With Houston, Texas serving as the typical global city for this study, the protoHouse is a full scale model constructed around the concept of an individual in a dynamic urban landscape. The protoHouse is a modular structure that is able to be easily constructed, deconstructed, transported, and reconstructed by an individual. The protoHouse falls short of being able to be classified as a complete house, and lands more in a category of being a supplement to a house or a temporarily occupied structure.