Project Description

This proposal establishes a domain for mobile workers in the current condition of Houston, which is a paradox between the Fordist logic of the home and the dominant form of immaterial production. In the current condition progress is about staying in the race.

The project questions not only the home but also the individual, understanding that the development of technology has created a new condition of living, starting from scratch. The subject longs to free themselves from experience and the exhaustion that comes from devouring “everything, both ‘culture and people.’" Just in time production processes have undermined the typical economic condition, devaluing work. Rather than innovating, contemporary labor is forced to respond to current economic desires. Simultaneously the conflict between the speed of information technology and the slowness of life creates a struggle. How can an individual exist in this dual condition?

Despite a commitment to the place and the work, the mobile desires only to lodge; to have habitation or quarters, to come to rest; to stick. The contemporary American condition is driven by the ideal of home and land ownership, framed by the narrative of the American dream. While the single family home supports a certain way of living, it also promotes a static form of life, tied to the investment of the home. New forms of work have promoted new forms of living, where the individual must be highly mobile in order to capitalize on opportunity.

As a critique of the generic hotel which is placed in the speed-zones of major cities, this project integrates simultaneously with the context and the employer, tailoring space to the kind of work needed and establishing proximity to the place of work. The project utilizes interstitial space to deploy three distinct typologies as strategic interventions in the contemporary suburban landscape, addressing conditions found in the zone between the ring roads of I-610 and I-8. The conditions are the parking lot, the suburban lot, and the lacuna (vast open space). By matching these conditions to the typology of the mat, the tower, and the cabin, the project seeks a legible domain for the subject who is often confined to a replicated spatial product.