ZONES, THE FOURTH BIENNIAL COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY DESIGN INITIATIVE, EXPLORED THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, AND SOCIAL PRODUCTION OF SPACE 

ZONES

Collaborative Community Design Initiative No. 4

 

Zones, as defined for this project, are areas within a specific neighborhood that are, or are at the risk of, becoming divided. These divisions can be spatial, political, economic, or social—and can have developed incrementally over time, or cataclysmically with a large project. In Houston, development is driven by the private sector—a sector committed to profit. Yet, instead of addressing market failures, public funding too often follows the lead of the private sector. The result is a city with great diversity but very little inclusivity. Working to understand how zones are both created and sustained can provide a window into the tools necessary to create a more inclusive and equitable city.

 

Zones provides a series of tools and strategies to address the challenges in our four partner communities participating in the fourth biennial Collaborative Community Design Initiative—Central Southwest, Northline, Park Place and, Sharpstown—as well as other communities throughout the city and elsewhere.

 

The project was funded by the ​National Endowment for the Arts, Architecture Center Houston Foundation, Avenue, and the Southwest Management District

 

Project Team: Susan Rogers, Adelle Main, Minelya De Leon, Angelica Lastra, Tran Le, Jose Mario Lopez, Pooja Shetty, Barbara Venegas

Student Team: Candela Beistegui, Daniel Cano, Ami Patel, Claudia Tax, William White, Allen Amor, Angelica De Hoyos, Leighann Dunn, Christopher Zuniga, Homa Ansari, Jeff Lemley, Cara Murray, Andrew Parker, Monica Rivas, Jana Andrews, Gabriela Custodio, Liliana Hernandez, Barbara Venegas, Elizabeth Westmoreland

2016

Project Sponsors: National Endowment for the Arts, Architecture Center Houston Foundation, Avenue, Southwest Management District