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3 posts from October 2010

  • 10/22/2010
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Next American City: Reconstructing New Orleans through Deconstruction

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Located in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, 5200 Dauphine was a storied, if not derelict, building post-Katrina. The 100-year old “camelback shotgun,” a two–story adaptation of the famous NOLA housing prototype, had acted first as a family residence and later as a neighborhood sandwich shop.  The Preservation Resource Center (PRC) originally purchased the property with restoration in mind. However, years of neglect compounded by the floodwaters following Katrina left the bones of the building unsalvageable. 

For a nonprofit whose mission is to rebuild historic buildings in blighted areas, the idea of razing the structure to build anew was unsettling. Architect Wayne Troyer of studio WTAoffered an alternative: preservation through deconstruction. By carefully dismantling the building, the project team could preserve and catalogue high quality materials that reduced project costs and spoke of the narrative of the place. Through this effort, nearly 60% of the original building was salvaged. READ MORE >>

via americancity.org

  • 10/12/2010
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PSFK: Creativity, Community, Innovation - New Orleans & The Lower 9th Ward Today

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New Orleans, Louisiana, was the third stop on our month-long search for inspiration across the country. Five years after Hurricane Katrina, NOLA has undergone dramatic change – the city’s population, which fell to 50% post-Katrina, has returned to nearly 80%; and the number of those living below the poverty line in Orleans Parish (which encompasses New Orleans) has dropped by 68,000. But as many institutions, experts and NOLAers are quick to point out, this revitalization is a result of factors beyond systemic improvement in the city’s ecology and economy. While new money, businesses and residents have helped pave the road to recovery for New Orleans, much of the population and history that were lost in Katrina will never return. The city’s growing numbers are made up less of returning and original NOLAers than new (and for the most part, wealthier) transplants. Many of the residents displaced by the storm remain so indefinitely, and the neighborhoods devastated five years ago still stand largely blighted, reclaimed by the wilderness that once grew around them.


Adding to the palette of the Lower 9th are the bright, starkly modern Make It Right homes. To this date, the Make It Right Foundation (founded by Brad Pitt) has built 50 sustainable, affordable housing units to serve the families affected by Katrina. The houses were concepted with safety, eco-responsibility, and design in mind – all are storm-safe, solar-powered, and follow Cradle to Cradle thinking. The creations of more than 20 top-name architects and firms (GRAFT, Thom Mayne), the houses range in size, color, and form. But despite their diversity, all are dramatic departures from the traditional architecture (and some would say, culture and heritage) of New Orleans – a fact that strikes some as problematic. READ MORE >>

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  • 10/07/2010
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EPA Chief Lisa Jackson Returns to Holy Cross, Focus on Gulf Restoration

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, a Global Green friend, paid a return visit yesterday to the Holy Cross Neighborhood to meet with community and environmental leaders to discuss setting up the new Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. Ms. Jackson’s organizing meeting, held at the Greater Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church only a few blocks from the Holy Cross Project, was reported by the Times-Picayune’s Mark Schleifstein in “Gulf restoration plan should be home-grown, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson says”:

“The president has made clear that he believes these restoration plans, in order to be successful, have to come from the Gulf to Washington and not be imposed from Washington onto the Gulf community,” Jackson said Tuesday during a morning meeting at Greater Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church in the Lower 9th Ward.

“We’re counting on the people who know these areas best, the people who work these areas, who work these issues, who know what it takes to build a coalition of support around something the Gulf Coast has never had.”


via globalgreen.org