Along with many people of this country, my parents came from an impoverished background. Both illegally migrated into this country to have a better opportunity at life, and if not themselves at least their children. Now as a maturing man I acknowledge what happened and what has happened through history world-wide and this country. I find it funny the hypocritical mask this country wears. So I decided to express my frustration through art. In this piece I show on one side the heroic tale of the migration of Europeans to the quote on quote “New World” when the reality is they came to America exploited, stole, and raped North and South America. My father and mother’s countries economy went into inflation, which caused them to have no choice but to migrate. Now the tables have turned, now immigration is illegal and looked upon in a negative connotation.
In my fourth year in the Architecture program my studio was given a site to design any thing one felt needed. On my multiple visits to this site before the beginning of the project I noticed a very distinct and unavoidable problem, homelessness. The Homeless surrounding market sq. (Houston) is distinguished. The park is empty and abandoned and revitalized by the homeless. Many call this home; there is something wrong with this picture. Market Square is populated only for occasional events; the rest of the time people avoid it or hurry through it, and now the majority of people utilizing this space are the homeless.
I began researching statistically the problem of homelessness in Houston.
Where I concluded that 10,000 homeless individuals are on the streets of Houston on any given night. 25% of the homeless are youth. More than 50% of these individuals have mental illnesses.
My design consist of a homeless dormitory in order to solve the problem instead of disregarding it, my design consists of an exterior dormitory/development center for the homeless. It will not be a program to be exploited from but to have opportunities to solve the problem; it will be a coalition with Star of Hope a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to helping the homeless in Houston.