Master of Architecture
In place of an indigenous culture, Houston has gathered an industry devoted to deploying generic, understandable, manmade environments in places they otherwise might not seem to belong. This project is a website that attempts to link the history of Houston to recent major transformations in the American landscape: the seeming homogenization of urban, suburban, and exurban areas; the increasing isolation of people and buildings from their natural surroundings; the rise of generic approaches to specific problems. Two stories illustrate and mythologize this process: how Brownwood subdivision, a once-elite neighborhood just outside Houston city limits, slowly sunk into the surrounding bay, was abandoned, and turned into a marsh preserve; and how engineers altered and repackaged the American flag so that it could be planted on the moon. A short series of exhibits intersects with the stories and allows visitors to the website to trace their own paths between idea and narrative.
Architecture; Urban planning