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Project Row Houses—Rice Building Workshop Collaboration, 1993–present

This is a Project. It was founded by Bert Samples, Jesse Lott, Bert Long, Rick Lowe, George Smith, James Bettison and Floyd Newsum and collaborator: Nonya Grenader, Danny Samuels and Rice University School of Architecture students. It is dated 1993–present.

Project Row Houses (PRH) today encompasses 6 blocks and 40 properties in Houston’s historic Third Ward. Started when 7 African-American artists acquired 22 abandoned shotgun houses in 1993, creating a socially engaged art practice, PRH provides community service, educational programs, and neighborhood revitalization, including low-income, artist-residency housing and supportive housing for young single mothers. Respecting the neighborhood’s urban fabric and shotgun vernacular tradition, and using similar materials and scale, Rice Building Workshop collaborated with PRH on 6 experimental affordable-housing strategies, designing and building close to 60 residential units since 1997.

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition By the People: Designing a Better America.

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