Morgan, Karlene J.
Master of Architecture
Negotiating [ex]change seeks to identify a new unique form of consumer exchange within Houston's predominately car-oriented society. A rich qualitative experience that yields high human interaction, spontaneity and a wide choice selection through the varying number of vendors is found in the street-vending atmosphere in the Jamaican culture. These qualities are exploited and transposed onto Houston's inherently different urban condition spawning a new form of consumer [ex]change. An opportunity for engagement presents itself with the redevelopment of midtown Houston and the implementation of the light-rail line through the Main Street corridor presenting a large density of people in transition. Seeking implementation at park and ride locations along the rail or at sites with equivalent conditions, a 'bundled [ex]change' is formed as a new engagement in the act of produce shopping within the existing city fabric, offering increased interaction in a sociable atmosphere. Bundled [ex]change is a complementary infrastructural system that disperses activity along the rail resulting in the increased use of the light-rail system and ultimately making an [ex]change for vital urban space in Houston.