The High Cotton Project: A Community-Based Method for Serving the Urban Homeless

Timothy J. Elliott, David A. Driskill


This article details the ways a series of architecture graduate classes partnered with a nonprofit youth sports organization and other community groups to design a shelter to accommodate those experiencing homelessness in Lubbock, Texas. The researchers use a case study approach to discuss how graduate students repeatedly engaged with the public for feedback on their designs and eventually created a design for a community-specific homeless shelter and treatment center. This article shares the project’s engagement methods, which included precedent studies, design charrettes, regular presentations to the public, meetings with stakeholders, and professional collaborations.  


urban planning, architecture, homeless shelters, campus-community partnerships, case study

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