COVID-19 stay-at-home orders have disproportionately disrupted the domestic lives of Houston households, particularly low-income families with children. This pilot study of sixteen qualitative interviews identifies immediate spatial and social impacts on the daily home life of families in the Greater Fifth Ward, through Houston's stay-at-home order.
Stay-at-home Stress is a spatial survey that uses video interviews, plan drawings, and maps to document residents’ domestic experiences and concerns under COVID-19 circumstances.
This six-month project has been made possible by the Rice University COVID-19 Research Fund, Rice Architecture, and the Center for Urban Transformation (CUT), a collaborative of community organizations that fills gaps in social services and community development in the Fifth Ward. Project Team: Wortham Fellow Amelyn Ng, Carrie Li (M.Arch. ’22), Carolyn Francis (M.Arch. ’22) with early input from New York-based urban designer Gabriel Vergara.
Read more about Stay-at-home Stress, including its detailed findings, on the project’s website.
Read a more in-depth explanation of the project on Urban Edge.
Amelyn Ng is an Australian architect, cartoonist, and 2019-2021 Wortham Fellow at Rice Architecture. Her work seeks to untype architectural formats, systems, and practices, and values working across disciplines with diverse constituencies. She is currently working on two grant-funded research projects on social justice issues at Rice University. Recent writing can be found in e-flux Architecture, PLAT, Critical Planning Journal, MONU, and the Journal of Architectural Education.