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ERIC Number: ED104608
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-29
Pages: 37
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Sociology and Architecture as a Nexus for Action: Redesigning for a Mexican-American Housing Project.
Sheinberg, Sheila; Ortiz, Frank
Even though the mechanisms for policy input are limited, there exists a need for a link between the theoretical, the empirical, and the applied. This study proposed a viable mechanism for meeting the challenge of accountability for both the social scientist and the architect. A process model was developed by a sociologist and an architect which allowed them to cooperate as a "design team". The model consisted of 6 phases: initiation, research, planning (design), implementation, evaluation, and post-evaluation data. This model was tested and implemented at the San Juan Homes, a low-income, predominantly Mexican American public housing project located in southwest San Antonio. User-input data were obtained by interviewing 77 families with a 54-item questionnaire designed to elicit demographic characteristics, evaluation of existing facilities, physical and social conditions, police and safety, resident needs and wants, work patterns and contingencies, neighboring patterns, locus of control measures, duration of residence, residence projections, and attitudes toward living in the project. The model was found to be both practicable and productive. Positive returns indicated an increasing accountability for both the social scientists and the architect. This report follows the model through phase 3; phases 4, 5, and 6 will be explored during and following construction. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Texas; Texas (San Antonio)