Salon des Refusés – an alternative to Conventional Suburban Development

Downtown Fountain Square

Downtown Fountain Square – Katy proposal (illustration by author, for CNU Charter Award winning proposal)

An Explanation

The following technical and hand illustrations were prepared by the author as part of a submission to a Low Impact Development (LID) design competition for the Houston suburb of Katy, Texas. The proposal, termed the Salon des Refusés by the competition team, was offered as an alternative to the Conventional Suburban Development concepts expected by the competition sponsors. This proposal would go on to win a national Charter Award in 2010 from the Congress for the New Urbanism. The illustrations were prepared by the author while working for the Dreiling Terrones Architects firm, located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

katy aerial vignette

Katy aerial vignette (illustration by author, view looking over village to farmland beyond)

Other images


Salon des Refusés overall site plan (illustration by author, based on concept designed by architect Martin Dreiling)

single-family neigborhood street

Street scene for Single Family homes’ neighborhood (illustration by author)

townhouse neighborhood street

Street scene from Townhomes’ neighborhood (illustration by author)

Competition Boards

Board 1

Design Competition Board One (prepared by competition team)

Board 2

Design Competition Board Two (prepared by competition team)

These boards were prepared in multiple formats (technical illustrations, hand sketches, photo imagery), and composed in Adobe Illustrator.

Images from competition used in other publications

The following illustrations by the author were subsequently published in the book, Landscape Urbanism and its Discontents: Dissimulating the Sustainable City.

street 1- illustration

Street perspective (illustration by author)

street 2-illustration

Street perspective (illustration by author)

street 3-illustration

Street perspective (illustration by author)

These images were prepared in AutoCAD (to capture basic building footprint and street layouts), SketchUp (to build rough 3D imagery), and ink and marker hand sketching (using SketchUp modeling as an underlay).

This project is the subject of another blog written by the author, When is it okay to fail? A provocative title based on the competition team’s desire to propose an alternative sustainable design that would offer ideas contrary to the intent of the competition sponsors.


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