A housing proposal for the Swiney area
Master of Architecture
This thesis is an analysis and design of a prefabricated construction system for general application to low cost housing. Specific application is made to the Swiney Area of Houston, Texas. Housing for the urban poor is an unsolved issue. This thesis is a development of the proposal that any sane answer to this issue can include industrialization of the construction process. This thesis is a development as well of the proposal that the best system for construction will allow broad flexibility for variation in plan, for change, and for user participation in the construction process itself. The construction system is derived from practical considerations of user requirements, modular planning, and light weight-low cost materials. The design is considered immediately feasible. The Swiney Area of Houston is a test case for meeting the specific needs of particular residents, and for adaptation of the system to multi-family housing within a broader urban plan. The conclusions are technical, but of equal importance is the design process giving birth to these conclusions. Analysis preceding design is fully documented, and social and physical data for the Swiney Area are fully developed as the basis for planning.