Design Challenges

Residents Committee #4

Date: May 31st, 2022

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 

Location: UTSA Westside Community Center 

Number of Attendees: 26 Residents

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In the fourth resident committee meeting, Able City and Alamo Architects, reviewed the design challenges to help the residents understand how these challenges will shape the Alazan Courts design.

Throughout the presentation, we asked the residents to write down what was important to them in regards to the following topics. Here is what we heard.

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We ended the session with a priorities exercise. The project foundations are priorities that SAHA has already committed to for the project, so these priorities were already included on the residents' worksheet. These priorities include bringing Alazan Courts to modern standards, maintaining their affordability, and making them ADA accessible. 

We then asked the residents to fill the rest of the worksheet, and tell us what their priorities were for the project based on their own personal preferance. We asked them to organize them in three tiles, the top being the most essential and the bottom being the least essential. Here is how the residents organized their priorities...

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Alazan Resident Writing Down Their Priorities

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Alazan Residents Showcasing Their Exercise Sheets

Least Essential 

Bottom Row

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Project Foundations

Meets Modern Building Standards

Maintain Affordability 

ADA

Accessible

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Most Essential 

Top Row

Middle Row

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After the priorities activity, we then asked the residents to write their own mission statement for the project. These mission statements will help guide the design team. Here is what we heard from the residents.

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70%

of residents mentioned "safety" in their project statements. 

"To be able to walk in our barrio and feel safe. To make it beautiful place to call it home. To know our neighbors to become like family."

"To make Alazan the place of choice to live, work, play, and grow safely with heart."

70%

of residents mentioned "community" in their project statements. 

"Have the feel or a friendly community while still having our individual space."

"To have more family place and feel at home and safe. A real community where you know your neighbors."

29%

of residents mentioned "home" in their project statements. 

"I would like to be able to walk in the neighborhood and feel like I am finally home." 

"To have a better home a safe home. Be able to go to the store and feel safe."

"To build a community brighter, cleaner for our children to be happy, where they are going to a beautiful home."

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PRESERVATION

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ARCHITECTURE

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URBAN DESIGN/SITE

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