4819 Dauphine - A Sustainable Design Approach
LSU Landscape Architecture students Brad Odom, Luke Love and Andrew Doyle have been helping me design 4819. Above is a model they created with the ideas we collaborated on. The design is a first draft. There are several details that are not in the design that we will update later.
The back of the lot (labeled Production Gardens), after further soil testing, will accommodate a small fruit orchard, while the middle of the lot, that most likely contains higher concentrations of lead, will be capped with soil and landscaping tarp. Recycled brick beds (labeled Community/Education Gardens) will be built in this area. The front of the lot (labeled Community Connections) will have seating and a rain garden. The rain garden is not pictured in the design.
The goal of this project is to use as much recycled material from the neighborhood as possible. For example:
- Raised beds can be built out of recycled red brick that can be found on abandoned lots
- Benches can be made out of drift wood from the river
- Paths can be made using crushed concrete
- Rain catchment system can be made of recycled lumber in the neighborhood and 50gal daiquiri containers that ship in from the port, are used, and thrown away
Finally, any work that is done will be done by the CSED staff, LSU students, folks in the neighborhood and CSED volunteers. Contracted work will be done by people hired from within the neighborhood.