Zones, the fourth biennial Collaborative Community Design Initiative, explored the political, economic, and social production of space as a means to interrogate the conditions that lead to
division and inequity.


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 each of the four communities studied through the fourth biennial Collaborative Community Design Initiative—Central Southwest, Northline, Park Place and, Sharpstown—as well as other communities throughout the city and elsewhere.


Locations: Central Southwest, Northline, Park Place, Sharpstown

Design Team
Susan Rogers, Director
Adelle Main, Assistant Director
Designers: 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

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

Completed 2016