About the Exhibit:
The Other Side of the Eagle Ford Shale
May 13, 2017 - October 1, 2017
The Eagle Ford Shale has had a tremendous technological and economic impact on Texas and the world. What have been the consequences for housing in South Texas communities? Most of the oil is obtained by hydraulic fracturing, turning some locals into overnight millionaires and displacing others who can't keep up with housing market increases. Key stakeholders and sectors of the economy have been challenged to meet the housing needs of local residents.
How can leaders use what we have learned to build stronger communities and affordable housing for citizens in the future? Journey through real life experiences of South Texas residents. Through a photo ethnography and group interviews to discover how the largest shale economic boom has permanently changed the landscape and the communities of Dimmit, La Salle, and Zavala counties.
The exhibit will include landscape and structure images focusing on housing in Dimmit, La Salle, and Zavala counties. Museum guests can explore four sections to the exhibit, including a general overview of the region, oil activity and state of housing, responses from local and external entrepreneurs, and opportunities for the future. Additionally, some UTSA Architecture students were invited to submit conceptual housing units for an "opportunities for the future" section.