This last semester in the graduate core studio sequence aims to develop the knowledge and the skills required to design innovative proposals at an urban scale. It prolongs the exploration of disciplinary probes in architecture while introducing more compound relationships between urbanism, form, and program. 


Section 1: Reto Geiser

In the context of Houston’s projected population growth and a rising need for more dense and sustainable residential developments, this design studio will tackle the development of a speculative approach to collective living. “How Much Land Does a Man Need”—named after Leo Tolstoi’s remarkable short story from 1886—is a design and research project that will challenge the negative bias toward large-scale collective housing; reconsider the role of housing and domestic space; and propose alternatives to the ubiquitous single family house by establishing new typologies for multi-unit housing.

Architectural Drawing
Chujun Zhang
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