Innovation in Human-centered Architecture

 

Kinetohaus

“Kinetohaus” translated simply means “moving house;” in designing and building a tiny house on wheels in which to live while I attend graduate architecture school at the University of Texas at Austin, I was inspired by the flexibility and dynamism of lifestyle that comes with tiny houses. Unlike conventional buildings on a fixed site, tied to a permanent foundation, this tiny house would be able to go with me wherever life takes me; the form and lines of the house are angular in order to echo, in a small and simple way, the dynamism which this project brings to my life. 

Lady bird living bridge

The idea of a “living bridge” calls into question two distinct definitions: “living” and “bridge;” what exactly about this structure is alive or for the living, and what is it bridging over?This project creates a pedestrian connection from the peninsula at the outlet of Shoal Creek into Lady Bird Lake to the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue at Riverside Park, but also envisions a place to be for others who are often seen as inconvenient or in the way – the homeless..

new book: "going tiny"

The biggest thing I’ve learned through the experience of living in a tiny house is what you really need – and how much you really don’t. But that doesn't mean tiny houses are going to solve the affordable housing crisis we face in the American city - so what's the answer? I take a dive into some lessons I've learned from building and living in Kinetohaus: what won't work moving forward and how we can adapt the things that do. 

Kinetohaus

“Kinetohaus” translated simply means “moving house;” in designing and building a tiny house on wheels in which to live while I attend graduate architecture school at the University of Texas at Austin, I was inspired by the flexibility and dynamism of lifestyle that comes with tiny houses.

Publications:
Going Tiny: Failure + Opportunity in the Future of Affordable Housing [2018]
UT Live @ SXSW [March 2017]
CNN en Marcha  [March 2017]
Austin Home Magazine [Spring 2017]
“Tiny House, Big Living,” HGTV [January 2017]
The Bison, Harding University [January 2017]
UTSOA E-News [October 2016]

Going Tiny: Failure + Opportunity in the Future of Affordable Housing

The biggest thing I’ve learned through the experience of living in a tiny house is what you really need – and how much you really don’t.
— Chapter 3

Plans + Products

 
Kinetohaus Full Construction Set
399.99

Full drawing set for construction, including floor plans, exterior and interior elevations, sections and details, door and window schedule, and rough electrical and plumbing plans.

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Kinetohaus Schematic Drawing Set
119.99

Schematic drawing set that includes floor plans and interior and exterior elevations. Enough to get the ball rolling if you plan on making your own changes and customizations. 

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1-HR Design Consultation
60.00

Got a project in mind but aren't sure where to start? Interested in making a beautiful, modern, and affordable home? Or just want to talk tiny houses, affordable housing, or architecture-at-large for something else you're currently working on? Let's grab coffee and talk it over. The $60 fee for any consultations that turn into ongoing projects are considered a retainer and credited to the first invoice.

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Public Projects

 
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Lady Bird Living Bridge

The idea of a “living bridge” calls into question two distinct definitions: “living” and “bridge;” what exactly about this structure is alive or for the living, and what is it bridging over? The idea of a bridge is a structure that passes over something, because it is inconvenient or in the way of the path or procession towards something else. More often than not - and in this case this also remains true - bridges are used to cross over an otherwise difficult-to-cross body of water. This project creates a pedestrian connection from the peninsula at the outlet of Shoal Creek into Lady Bird Lake to the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue at Riverside Park, but also envisions a place to be for others who are often seen as inconvenient or in the way – the homeless.

 

Atl_2075

Atl__2075 envisions Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the year 2075, in a post-security and post-vehicle-centric society. ATL today is the busiest airport in the world, and in order to maintain that, it must adapt to an ever-changing world and create an optimal user experience while maintaining a sense of place

 
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Austin Energy Green Building Program

It is no longer good enough to be “sustainable,” more efficient and less bad; buildings must become regenerative, living, breathing organisms that are diverse and produce more than they consume. They must collect solar energy, sequester carbon, reuse water; they must be dynamic and responsive, beautiful and full of light, and should use mass customization and computational, parametric design to create more human-scaled and organic spaces, over exclusively right-angled spaces built in the past for economy and lack of technology to do otherwise.

 
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Pan Pacific Park

We see Pan Pacific Park as a natural and organic escape from the larger urban sprawl.
We see Pan Pacific Park as a seamless piece of the fabric of Los Angeles.
We see Pan Pacific Park as a local and urban icon.
This Corgan Design Competition submission was led by me, cross-disciplinary design team, intern  in collaboration with Aaron Bisch and Luke Brohmer.

@davisrichardsondesign on Instagram

Housing Projects

 
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West Texas Monastery

The West Texas Monastery explores the intersection of the sacred and profane, where living cells and social spaces run east and west along this desert-mountain site in light steel frameworks; spiritual spaces - an underground chapel and a central baptistery - run north and south. The living units are punctuated by concrete communal prayer cores with unexpected organic interiors, which serve to connect back to the church as a reminder that the sacred and profane are not, in fact, separate and distinct, but the sacred informs and integrates into the everyday. 

Integrative Studio, UTSOA, Fall 2017 in collaboration with David Burns, M.Arch I Candidate

 
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Blackland Village

 

Project in conjunction with UTSOA colleague Joey Rocha. In developing the design for new housing units at Blackland Village, we identified three driving concepts, in order of importance: AFFORDABILITY, SUSTAINABILITY, + NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTER

 
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Parking Garage Housing
[SXSW 2017]

In looking at the future of affordable housing in American cities, two things become abundantly clear: we don't have enough affordable housing stock, and we have too much parking. In the US, we have 105 million parking spots, or 5 spots for every single vehicle on the road; that takes up about 6500 square miles of land in cities, larger than the entire state of Connecticut. 

The future of self-driving cars could render useless the large and numerous parking garage structures in our cities. Rather than tearing them down to build new, this vision explores the possibility of using prefabricated micro-units to retrofit these bare-bones, car-centric concrete structures into a lively, sustainable, and cool human-centric housing program.

 
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Convex

The goal of the project was to provide shelter, protection, privacy, and identity to these youth ages 16-24 who have been formerly homeless or aged out of the foster system, while fostering a sense of community. Housing units are primarily single resident, with several multi-person units throughout; these convex faceted pods on each side of a residential plaza, provide a sense of ownership and identity. These units set into the sides of the cliff-banks above a creek running through the site. 

The term "convex," while referring to the faceted planar form of each unit, also represents the position the refuge holds of its residents and the world; convex is a place for shelter and refuge, but not of withdrawal nor depression. It protrudes out into the world around, as these young adults attempt to reengage culture and society around them.

 
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Sustainable Habitat House

As a freshman in undergraduate design studies, our first project was to hand-draft a single-family home based on Habitat for Humanity guideline. Rather than offer the banal 1000-sf hipped-roof and vinyl siding version, I took the project as an opportunity to offer an alternative - a modern, sustainable version based on Habitat's standards that utilized passive solar heating, thermal mass, and sustainable materials and finishes. Recently, I used the project as an opportunity to explore new drawing and rendering techniques, which are represented here.

Publications

 

Lectures

 
 

"Tiny Houses + Alternative Affordable Housing Typologies" 

Goldsmith Talk, UTSOA [2017]

UT Live at SXSW [2017]

Corgan Friday Forum [2017]

Mensa Conference, Round Rock [2017]

AIAS National Confernce, Austin [2017]


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Contact

Davis Richardson
M.Arch Fellow, University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
B.A., Interior Design, Harding University '16
daviswrichardson@gmail.com
daviswrichardson@utexas.edu
770.401.0420

BIO

Davis Richardson is an M.Arch I candidate at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, pursuing a career as an architect. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Harding University which taught him about the power of empathetic design and design thinking. At Harding, Richardson also excelled as an athlete, playing baseball for the Bisons. He was named a 1st-Team Capital One Academic All-American in 2015, the first baseball player to achieve that honor in 60+ years of Harding baseball history. 

Richardson is most notable in the design community for building his innovative Tiny House on Wheels, known as "Kinetohaus," right out of college before moving to Austin for graduate studies. A hands-on experiment with design-build and affordable, alternative housing, the tiny house would be featured on HGTV's show, "Tiny House, Big Living," and as part of UT Live at SXSW Interactive 2017. Moving forward, he intends to explore the overlap of high design and affordable housing by offering alternatives to the status quo. He is always excited to collaborate on exciting projects.