The Alley Flat Initiative

The Alley Flat Initiative is a collaboration between the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development, the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation, the Austin Community Design and Development Center, and the BaSic Initiative. The program was conceived through student research and design studios in the University of Texas School of Architecture.

The immediate goal of the project is to build two prototype secondary dwelling units or 'alley flats' that will showcase the innovative design and environmental sustainability features of the alley flat homes. These prototypes will demonstrate how sustainable housing can support growing communities by being affordable and adaptable.

The long-term objective of the initiative is to create a flexible and self-perpetuating delivery system for sustainable and affordable housing in Austin. This "delivery system" would include not only efficient housing designs, constructed with sustainable technologies, but also innovative methods of financing and home ownership that benefit all neighborhoods of Austin.

For more information, please visit the project website at:


  • 2008 Alley Flat Initiative
    Final Report, July 2008 [pdf 5.0mb]
  • 2009 Alley Flat Initiative
    Final Report, July 2008 [pdf 4.8mb]