The limited time of less than a decade in which conventional unsustainable patterns of behavior need to change, including those that determine settlement developments, requires radical strategies for the replacement of suburbia, not gradual retrofitting steps. These strategies will be conceived in consideration of expected patterns of climate change and forecast global population growth.
Students opting for this studio will choose the site for which they would like to propose replacement strategies: they can opt for the place where they grew up or they can choose a city in Texas. Besides researching a series of preparatory topics, each student will be mapping the growth of their chosen city over the past century in intervals of ten years. Based on the rate of growth of the past decades, students will interpolate the growth of their chosen city for the next three decades. In contrast to this expected growth pattern, students will propose their alternatives. These alternatives will cover an area of 16 square miles: either 4 x 4 miles square or 2 x 8 miles long. Topics to be addressed in these strategies include hydrology, sealed/unsealed surface ratio, density, landscape architecture, natural and passive shading, local food production, live/work building typologies, modes of mobility, and public space design.