Published Writings 14 - as referred to by *

(Designed and Written in the 1980s )  

 

 

Both Transportation and Urban Development in Houston, 1830-1980, and the companion chapter in The Houston Review  were developed as a result of my work on HOUSTON an architectural guide (see Published Writings 7 "CLICK" here to link)

The phenomenon of the new agency METRO, with the power of emminent domain, was about to re-form (deliberate hyphenation) the shape and process of urban development; I felt an understanding of the Past would put a Context for the Future and inform decision-making, as "new" Consultants began to 'integrate' transportation on a Regional basis, and the Texas Highway Department, historically a major player in terms of determining 'what,' went 'where', and 'by which means', became the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation, a more diverse strategy.

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PETER BLAKE scheme
Proposed First Floor
Adapting the existing House by revising/expanding/upgrading the facilities.
Proposed Second Floor
Shown overlaid on the First Floor, proposing a 'bridge' connection in a double-height volume.
Site Failure - 2013
As the Lake rises and falls every year, a large unseen boulder was pulled away.
Overall Terrace Failure
View looking South illustrates the conundrum of "starting over".
SITE view 1
A failure resulted in a collapse at the North end of the Site
SITE  view 2
The result was the necessity of demolishing an outdated existing Structure, as may be seen from debris.
INITIAL SITE
Plan view documents the resulting Footprint.
NEW SITE
Stabilized North end shown; joint acquisition of adjacent South parcel with a neighbor, permitted relocation.
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