This studio will examine issues of resilience at the scale of the city, building, and of inhabitation. As an ENVIRONMENTAL Intermediate Studio, we will place an emphasis on developing an attitude regarding architecture as an urban response. A response to the challenges of a variable context and infrastructure vulnerable not only to natural forces but also to economic, societal, and cultural stresses. Our considerations will include: architecture in/of the city, in/of nature; typologies of urban inhabitation, and resilient placemaking.
The studio focus will be in Houston, Texas and specifically in and around the East End sector of the Buffalo Bayou, historically one of the signature and defining waterways of this metropolis. With the impact of recent natural events as a fresh reminder of Houston’s vulnerabilities, the City is engaged in ongoing planning efforts relative to future environmental challenges. Simultaneous to these efforts, there is significant conversation and debate in regards to the types, scopes, and limits of development throughout the City of Houston. The intersection of these discourses will be the framework within which this studio will operate.