The prosperity of New Orleans will require a reconnection to the city’s natural environment. New Orleans has a unique relationship to water—lake, canal, wetlands, and river all exist within its borders. Per the publication’s request, we looked toward the year 2030 and determined that it will be a time to repurpose out-dated infrastructure, consolidate resources, and reconnect with water in order to establish a healthier and safer city.
We evaluated the Canal as a place for housing. Utilizing the transportation access provided by these man-made canal features and focusing on the important need to harden their infrastructure, we saw this as one of many places where multiple needs could be met by a single design solution – in this case a modular housing model. Near this location, we embraced the potential offered by a wetland environment that might create a new kind of physical recreation venue. By focusing on restoring the wetlands, most notably Bayou Bienvenue, both protection against hurricane damage and this new amenity might be created.
For commuting, we reverted back to the City’s historical methods which too were centered around our access to water – most notably Bayou St. John. Here we saw a chance to integrate infrastructure, recapture the importance of the northern entry into the city, and allow for commuting by land and water. And finally, when analyzing the work environment, we envisioned that work in the city might tie into a notion of verticality and horizontality, where live/work/play all co-mingle in a more integrated way.
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, SUA
Team: R. Allen Eskew, Steve Dumez, Mark Ripple, Scott Melancon, Kim Tseng, Kristian Misez and Christian Rodriguez