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Houston Civic Center

Public space requires involvement and action. For a space to be public, the community must claim it and invest themselves into its future. Public is multiple, but buildings are singular. Program may present multiple goals, however in the end it is contained within a singular envelope with an identity. Architecture can use that singular identity to reinforce the multiple perspectives of the public by generating access, flow, and connection through the circulation of the program elements. The multiple points of convergence and access imply a freedom to the user to interact as they choose, while the defined paths provide regularity for legibility.

This civic center seeks to collide program types and investigate their intersections and the opportunity for paths and zones the collision provides. By creating islands of program encompassed by a continuous path, and generating a multiplicity of entrances, the building serves a variety of public visitors, yet simultaneously places everyone in the same "mixing bowl". This allows some visitors to hurriedly complete their business, others to commiserate in a queue, and hopefully, a few to grab some coffee, consider art, and chat with their neighbor.









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