Native-American Housing Proposal
Professor Vincent Snyder / University of Texas at Austin
Program: New housing type for a Native American reservation to accommodate a series of one-acre square lots “carved” into the Big Thicket pine forest outside Houston, Texas.
Construction: Prefabricated structural insulated panels allow for ease of construction and standardization of details.
Typology: The housing type is influenced through a rigorous analysis of the architectural lineage of the Alabama and Couschatta tribes, from their origins as mound building sun-worshippers, to timber and lash construction of the forest tribes. Their last century has been influenced by the government housing reparations program sponsored by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Sustainability: The housing type proposes eight possible site arrangements, maximizing diversity and site accommodation. Passive regional strategies are implemented to accommodate for the humid climate, and slow air currents through the dense forest.
Studio: Technical Communication Studio is unique to the curriculum at UT Austin. Students were expected to produce a full set of Bid Documents which were priced by a contractor and presented to the client at the end of the semester.