Obus Lofts is a design experiment for Houston, of how to redesign the city based on a future of oil and water scarcity; while maintaining the ideological landmark of the city, its freeway system.

Obus was taken from Le Corbusier's Plan Obus project of 1931-1942. One element in his proposal was 14-stories of continuous residential space stretching under the length of a newly elevated road system. The spaces were envisioned as empty shells by Corbusier that would be filled over time by people and their things, creating a layered living environment. Interspersed in this proposal was a post-capitalist system of syndicalism, which called for the management of industry by a free association of self governing producers.

Obus Lofts lay Corbusier's project into the narrative of Houston's freeway-based built environment. A laissez-faire migration of people, construction, and consumption spread through these arteries, moving with one's emotions. As dwindling resources reduce individual mobility, Corbusier's arrangement originally intended as post-capitalist living and working model, applies as an adaptable capitalist solution to this future context of Houston.

Commodities and labor are free to move without friction along the elevated freeway system, dispersing goods and services to customers living beneath in open spaces. The customer is free to fill out these spaces however they desire.


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