prototype 180 is an innovation territory.
"Like many performances, this one is a critically exaggerated and a transforming vision of life. It demonstrates, among other things that urban space is never a passive environment; that rootedness and belonging are, or can be, resilient realities; that architecture can be socially proactive." Holland Cotter, NYTimes
As a radical form of renewal within the cultural realm, prototype 180 is a collection of processes that utilize unsuspecting materials such as policy, planning, and technology. In conception and planning since 1999, the physical site is located in the post WWII development of Sharpstown in Houston, Texas. As a living model it is temporally, physically, and structurally organized around the catalytic rotation of a single family home and the surrounding acre of land on November 11, 2010. While the relocation interrupts the relation of the house to its urban context and existing street typologies, it also signifies a program that privileges its location within culture and retrofitting as a sustainable design approach. It makes visible the policy blindspots that impact the socio-economic sectors of the area to focus on the underserved and their futures. prototype 180 strategically intersects conceptual art, planning, technology, architecture, environmentalism, social justice, urban legislation and economics. The site is open to the public by appointment. Please email us at: info_at_prototype180.org.
prototype 180/innovationterritories is a not-for-profit, tax exempt 501c3 organization. Contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The urban alteration that makes architecture perform in the aging, first ring development of Sharpstown, Houston, Texas