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The brick-sided buildings strike a balance between modernism and traditionalism. In the Dallas area, brick masonry also is very economical.

Prototype Housing for Modest Means: Reverse Engineering the Rent, Dallas

Prototype Housing for Modest Means: Reverse Engineering the Rent, Dallas

  • The four-plex configuration gives each unit a private side yard with shaded and secure parking.

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    The four-plex configuration gives each unit a private side yard with shaded and secure parking.

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    The four-plex configuration gives each unit a private side yard with shaded and secure parking.

  • Four-unit modules can be combined to create neighborhoods at widely differing scales.

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    Four-unit modules can be combined to create neighborhoods at widely differing scales.

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    Four-unit modules can be combined to create neighborhoods at widely differing scales.

  • Secure parking is important for workers who rely on their automobiles to stay employed.

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    Secure parking is important for workers who rely on their automobiles to stay employed.

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    Secure parking is important for workers who rely on their automobiles to stay employed.

  • The floor plans.

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    The floor plans.

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    The floor plans.

  • A street view of the proposed development.

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    A street view of the proposed development.

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    A street view of the proposed development.

  • The brick-sided buildings strike a balance between modernism and traditionalism. In the Dallas area, brick masonry also is very economical.

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    The brick-sided buildings strike a balance between modernism and traditionalism. In the Dallas area, brick masonry also is very economical.

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    Courtesy Edward M. Baum

    The brick-sided buildings strike a balance between modernism and traditionalism. In the Dallas area, brick masonry also is very economical.

edward m. baum, architect
dallas

Edward M. Baum, FAIA, counts as neighbors many working class families who pay around $1,000 a month in rent but are still priced out of the housing market. “I got to thinking,” he says, “‘What could we do for that much money?’” Working backward from the rental figure, Baum developed a scalable scheme of four-unit structures that offer comfort, durability, security, and the prospect of home ownership. Our judges praised not only the social mission of the proposal, but also the simplicity of the buildings and the “quilt-like effect” of the site plan.


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