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The Dogtrot District

Critic: Daisy Ames - Rice University
Prompt: Housing Masterplan
Location: Houston, Texas

The Dogtrot District

Program / Housing Master-Plan

Location / Houston, TX

The dogtrot typology originated in the American South and Southwest as not so much a way of framing life, but a way of living it.  The Dogtrot District investigates the potential of the dogtrot typology to reassert exterior space as an integral feature of the urban dwelling unit.  Working within the constraints of the developer leasing model, the dogtrot supplants the balcony as the primary outlet of exterior space.  Where the balcony fulfills the role of a financial barnacle, crudely attached to extract additional rent, the dogtrot facilitates a richer exchange between living and sleeping spaces.  The project implements a formula of aggregation allowing units to shuffle from floor to floor.  Exterior screens index regimes of ownership as the corridor threads its way through the building, reorienting the domestic experience in its wake.  Unlike static developer models, this project proposes a systematic approach.  Parking garages anchor the project’s edge, allowing for a variety of housing configurations elsewhere on the site.  While the basic stacking diagram remains constant, formal diversity arises as housing slabs rise from the midrise blocks below.  Dogtrots aggregate at the slabs to produce larger dogtrots, anchoring extended families about an exterior space.

Studio Critic: Daisy Ames

 
Keegan Hebert Dogtrot District Precedent
  Plan Perspective  1 Bedroom Dogtrot

Plan Perspective
1 Bedroom Dogtrot

  Spatial Mathematics  Interchangeable units enable the plan to respond to market conditions

Spatial Mathematics
Interchangeable units enable the plan to respond to market conditions

Keegan Hebert Dogtrot District Section
Keegan Hebert Dogtrot District Elevation
Keegan Hebert Dogtrot District Level 3
  Conti Street Master Plan  Levels 1 through 8

Conti Street Master Plan
Levels 1 through 8

Keegan Hebert Dogtrot District Elevation B
Keegan Hebert Dogtrot District Elevation A
Keegan Hebert Dogtrot District Axon
  Dogtrot Perspective  Slabs spring from mid-rise blocks

Dogtrot Perspective
Slabs spring from mid-rise blocks