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16 Houses: Owning a House in the City curated by Michael Bell, has brought together a group of architects, artists and designers to design a series of affordable single-family houses for Houston’s Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation. As a non-profit agency the FWCRC has successfully offered high quality, well-designed, single-family housing at an affordable cost since 1989. The exhibition is composed of a series of architectural models and drawings resulting from a six-month design process. Architects and artists participating include Natalye Appel/Trish Herrera (Houston), Michael Bell/Erik Adigard (Houston), David Brown/Bert Samples (Houston), Katrin Brunner and Albert Pope (Houston), John Casbrian and Danny Samuels/Nonya Grenader (Houston), Gabriella Gutierrez and Deborah Morris/Jane Anderson (Houston), Carlos Jiménez (Houston), Keith Krumwiede/Carol Treadwell (Houston), Sze Tsung Leong and Chuihua Judy Chung/Ho San Chang (Cambridge), Lars Lerup/Sanford Kwinter, Walter Hood, Bruce Mau (Houston), Mary-Ann Ray and Robert Mangurian/Eric Orr (Culver City, CA), Lindy Roy/Seth Howe (New York), Stanley Saitowitz/Frederico de Vera (San Francisco). Blair Satterfield and Marc Swackhamer (Houston), Mark Wamble (Houston), and William Willaims (Houston). 

16 Houses is a collaboration between DiverseWorks, Rice School of Architecture, Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation, and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to present these projects to a large audience and to target the residents of the Fifth Ward, City housing officials as well as those who are concerned with the quality of housing in central Houston. On December, from 1-3, the designs in the exhibition will be presented to potential homebuyers from the Fifth Ward. Following this panel discussion, a jury of reps. from the Fifth Ward will select 6 houses for a construction. 

On View:

Saturday, November 7 thru
Saturday, December 19, 1998

Opening Reception:

Friday, November 6, 1998
6 pm – 8 pm


1117 E. Freeway
Houston, TX  77002


Saturday, December 5, 1998, 1-3 pm
Panel Discussion
A jury of reps make the selection of six houses for construction.


Rice School of Architecture

Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation

Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County

Additional Information:

Michael Bell