Community Development Corporation
Living Paradigm is a not-‐for-‐profit group with a mission to empower people to participate in the American Dream of home ownership and healthy lifestyles through the creation of homes that are environmentally responsible, locally sourced and built, and contribute to the culture, spirit, and individuality of the community.
We advocate, partner, and collaborate with residents, local community leaders, industry professionals, and universities to support and promote resident-based, place-making, regenerative design, and environmental justice. Our work promotes equitable access to sustainable lifestyles and designs for communities that have sustained impacts from environmental injustices and natural disasters. We work with low- to moderate income residents in Harris County, Texas.
We track our impact diverting waste from Houston landfills through the City of Houston Reuse Warehouse, a source of building materials for community projects. As advocates of sustainability in Houston, the work of our founding Board Member, Amanda Tullos, AIA, LFA, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C ID+C, contributed to establish the Reuse Warehouse in 2009.
We design and rebuild resilient homes. We design, develop, and rebuild homes that are responsibly sourced, mitigate flooding, can be solar ready, meet ADA compliance, and include Energy Star and WaterSense features. We design disaster recovery homes that can be rapidly deployed in the place of a FEMA trailer and we distribute Resilience Kits to homeowners post disaster that contain materials that are mold, moisture, and flood-damage resistant.
We network with volunteer design professionals to act locally and collaborate through global resources. Open Architecture Houston utilizes design to connect people and revitalize Houston communities. Collaborative initiatives engage the Global Open Architecture Collaborative network as well as local Houston and Austin Chapters.
We research code and policy issues that steward the environment and healthy housing and lifestyles for communities. Including micro housing, tiny house code research and disaster recovery housing.
We partner community residents and leaders with Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), School of Architecture professors and students to facilitate service learning design curriculum that fosters social agency and sustainability in the built environment. These community-based studio projects bring students together with local partnerships, residents and community leaders in historic Independence Heights Studewood, Houston Texas and have received numerous national and local awards.
We capacity build grassroots organizations and artists that meet and respond to the environmental or disaster needs of neighborhoods on the ground. Our efforts support solutions that grow from place and are place-driven.