Chapter 4: Case Study: The Alley Flat Initiative (AFI)
The AFI is an affordable and sustainable housing initiative, which has been thoroughly documented by students and faculty at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture (UTSoA) and the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development (UTCSD). Extensive research in the form of a “working paper series” is an ongoing part of the initiative, with topics covering: precedent studies, local zoning conditions, history, neighborhood context, financial structures, and distributed infrastructure. I have had the benefit of being involved in this initiative from three different perspectives: energy simulator, student construction volunteer, and design studio participant. In the following sections, I present the Alley Flat Initiative (AFI) in terms of the overarching thesis question (What are the barriers or opportunities for this type of development and how could it be improved?) and from the perspective of a participant observer.