Ridglea West: a low and medium income housing development in Fort Worth, Texas

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Title: Ridglea West: a low and medium income housing development in Fort Worth, Texas
Author: Dabney, Mark Haralson
Abstract: The focus of this project is on redesigning the home for low -income families in Fort Worth , Texas . Architects can make the individual family home both more inviting and useful by facilitating the positive interaction of neighbors and enhancing the image residents have of themselves . These psychological factors can be controlled through the layout of individual dwellings , their grouping around collective areas , their positioning relative to streets , and the symbolic meaning of a dwelling's external form . A pattern language has been developed to organize all aspects of the design and provide a guide for the actual design process . All elements of the home have been analyzed and are broken up into detail . Patterns for a day care center and a community center have also been created . These patterns are essential to a good housing project but are not the focus . Along with planning for a day care center and a community center , this program will present plans and guidelines for management and maintenance organizations . Through careful assembly and design of architectural elements , a more inviting home can be created . This program shows that architects can play a significant role in improving the lives of millions of low and moderate income Americans .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /16372
Date: 1989-05

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Ridglea West: a low and medium income housing development in Fort Worth, Texas. Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /16372 .

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