This project explores a systematic, performative method of creating a building system and community layout with close regard to the environmental, economical, and social relationships in the region.
The scheme for the systematic community design developed from a layered investigation of the impact of green spaces on our daily experience, as well as functional concerns with solar paths and comfortable walking distances. The green spaces may be either community gardens, town squares, agave groves, or shinnery parks to support endangered wild life in the Rio Grande region. The forms of the building masses are carved by urban circulation and pocketed community squares. The residential facades do not deviate more than 30 degrees from the south axis to create a solar community.
This project was supervised by the notorious Pliny Fisk, pioneer environmentalist. He selected Vernacular West Texas to be included in the Texas A&M Archives.