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Places Journal Examines Post-Katrina Architecture in New Orleans

09:30 - 30 July, 2016
Places Journal Examines Post-Katrina Architecture in New Orleans, Musicians Village Rainbow Row, New Orleans. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/27217934@N04/2724324298'>Tanya Lukasik</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
Musicians Village Rainbow Row, New Orleans. Used under Creative Commons. Image © Tanya Lukasik licensed under CC BY 2.0

The damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 can never be forgotten, but 10 years after the rebuilding of New Orleans started in 2006, a new architecture has emerged with cutting-edge designs being widely celebrated in the media. The Make It Right foundation (founded after the disaster to help with structural recovery) commissioned first-class architects such as Morphosis, Shigeru Ban, and David Adjaye to design safe and sustainable houses for New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. But Richard Campanella and Cassidy Rosen worry that this vision is detached from reality.

Starter Home* No. 1 / OJT

11:00 - 11 January, 2016
Starter Home* No. 1  / OJT, © William Crocker
© William Crocker
  • Architects

  • Location

    3106 Thomas St, New Orleans, LA 70131, USA
  • Architect in Charge

    Jonathan Tate
  • Area

    975.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© William Crocker © William Crocker © William Crocker © William Crocker +24

Yulman Stadium at Tulane University / Gould Evans

17:00 - 7 September, 2015
Yulman Stadium at Tulane University / Gould Evans, © Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith +21

Media Round-Up: Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years On

09:30 - 29 August, 2015
Media Round-Up: Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years On, © Joseph Sohm via Shutterstock
© Joseph Sohm via Shutterstock

Today marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, setting off what was among the most significant catastrophes to strike the United States in the 21st Century. New Orleans' flood defenses failed, causing the loss of over 1,400 lives and billions of dollars in property damage.

Naturally, such a disaster takes some time to recover from, for individuals but also for a city as a whole, and so for the past decade New Orleans has been a case study for cities to show them how to recover, rebuild and move on - at certain times serving as both an example of good practice and a warning of "what not to do." On the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, here's a round-up of stories about the rebuilding of a city from around the web.

Brad Pitt: "I Get This Well of Pride" Over Make It Right's New Orleans Work

14:00 - 22 August, 2015
The Float House / Morphosis, Make It Right. Image © Iwan Baan
The Float House / Morphosis, Make It Right. Image © Iwan Baan

Ten years ago this month, Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf coast of the US, hitting New Orleans the hardest. Two years after the wake of this destruction, after seeing the city's lack of rebuilding progress firsthand, Hollywood star and architecture enthusiast Brad Pitt launched Make It Right, a project set to build 150 houses designed by 20 internationally renowned architects.

Over the past eight years, Make It Right has not only helped to rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans—the area struck the hardest by the disaster—but has also began to spread its work to Missouri, Montana, and New Jersey, with more projects coming soon. While the non-profit organization has had success in its endeavors, it has simultaneously faced a great deal of criticism.

In a recent interview with NOLA, Pitt discusses some of these criticisms, reflecting on the growth of the organization, and the changes it has made. Find out about Pitt’s evolving perspective, after the break.

Frank Gehry-designed duplex. Image © Chad Chenier Photography / Make It Right Duplex house. Image Courtesy of Atelier Hitoshi Abe Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans. Image © Irina Vinnitskaya Flow House. Image Courtesy of William McDonough + Partners +7

Ten Buildings Which Epitomize The Triumph Of Postmodernism

04:00 - 27 February, 2015
Ten Buildings Which Epitomize The Triumph Of Postmodernism, Via Archive of Affinities. Image © Nils-Ole Lund
Via Archive of Affinities. Image © Nils-Ole Lund

Being such a recent movement in the international architectural discourse, the reach and significance of post-modernism can sometimes go unnoticed. In this selection, chosen by Adam Nathaniel Furman, the "incredibly rich, extensive and complex ecosystem of projects that have grown out of the initial explosion of postmodernism from the 1960s to the early 1990s" are placed side by side for our delight.

From mosques that imagine an idyllic past, via Walt Disney’s Aladdin from the 1990s, to a theatre in Moscow that turns its façade into a constructivist collage of classical scenes, "there are categories in post-modernism to be discovered, and tactics to be learned." These projects trace forms of complex stylistic figuration, from the high years of academic postmodernism, to the more popular of its forms that spread like wildfire in the latter part of the 20th century.

AD Round Up: Mardi Gras Edition

00:00 - 17 February, 2015
AD Round Up: Mardi Gras Edition, W French Quarter / Nemaworkshop. Image © Michael Kleinberg
W French Quarter / Nemaworkshop. Image © Michael Kleinberg

February 17 is Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” traditionally a Catholic holiday that celebrates the last night of indulging in guilty pleasures before participating in the penitential season of Lent. Celebrated around the world with elaborate parties, parades, dancing, and other frivolities, its festivities are most famously celebrated within the United States today in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, the site of the first American Mardi Gras.

Three Finalists to Develop Strategies for Vacant Land Reuse in New Orleans

01:00 - 29 October, 2014
Three Finalists to Develop Strategies for Vacant Land Reuse in New Orleans, NOLEX. Image Courtesy of VAI
NOLEX. Image Courtesy of VAI

Three finalists have been selected to move forward in the Van Alen Institute (VAI) and New Orleans Redevelopment Authority’s (NORA) “Future Ground” open ideas competition. Each will be provided with a $15,000 stipend to investigate and develop long-term design and policy strategies for vacant land reuse in New Orleans. 

“Too often, vacant land has been seen only as a remnant of or absence within the 20th century city,” described the VAI. “Today, with a critical mass of designers, policymakers, scholars, artists, activists, and residents creating pilot projects, thoughtful studies, and new kinds of urbanism on abandoned properties, it is possible to imagine this land as an integral part of the future city.”

Tulane Students Upcycle Traffic Signs into Shade Canopy

01:00 - 18 October, 2014
© David Armentor
© David Armentor

Tulane City Center and a team of Tulane architecture students worked together with the Lousiana Outdoor Outreach Program to design a shade structure made from traffic yield signs for a challenge course in City Park. Drawing inspiration from the surrounding tree canopy and the structure of the ropes course, the design team crafted a faceted, curving aluminum canopy suspended by steel cables with an earthen berm for seating below. More about the pavilion, after the break.

Future Ground Competition Open for Registration

01:00 - 12 August, 2014
 Future Ground Competition Open for Registration , Courtesy of Van Alen Institute
Courtesy of Van Alen Institute

What will New Orleans look like in one year? Ten years? Fifty years? The Future Ground design competition, hosted by the Van Alen Institute, is looking for multidisciplinary teams help shape the city's future by answering these questions. The competition is specifically looking for teams to "generate flexible design and policy strategies to reuse vacant land in New Orleans, transforming abandoned landscapes into resources for the city."

Arthur Andersson on Timeless Materials & Building "Ruins"

01:00 - 18 June, 2014
Tower House . Image © Art Gray
Tower House . Image © Art Gray

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural  in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Arthur Andersson of Andersson-Wise Architects wants to build ruins. He wants things to be timeless - to look good now and 2000 years from now. He wants buildings to fit within a place and time. To do that he has a various set of philosophies, processes and some great influences. Read our full in-depth interview with Mr. Andersson, another revolutionary "Material Mind," after the break. 

Tower House . Image © Art Gray Tower House . Image © Art Gray Tower House . Image © Art Gray Stone Creek Camp. Image © Art Gray +15

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple to Receive 2014 AIA Architecture Firm Award

00:00 - 12 December, 2013
Eskew+Dumez+Ripple to Receive 2014 AIA Architecture Firm Award, Rosa Keller Library / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. Image © Timothy Hursley
Rosa Keller Library / Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. Image © Timothy Hursley

Just two days after the passing of R. Allen Eskew, FAIA, the New Orleans-based architect’s practice, Eskew + Dumez + Ripple (EDR), has been announced as the recipient of the 2014 AIA Architecture Firm Award. Presented by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the annual award is the highest honor bestowed by to a firm by the national institution. EDR is being recognized for “rigorously crafting Modernism to repair, restore, and enhance the exceptionally unique cultural and historic context of New Orleans.”

The Debate Over Making It Right in the Lower Ninth Ward

01:00 - 8 April, 2013
The Debate Over Making It Right in the Lower Ninth Ward, The Float House / Morphosis, Make It RIght © Iwan Baan
The Float House / Morphosis, Make It RIght © Iwan Baan

Ever since the New Republic published Lydia DePillis's piece entitled "If you Rebuild it, They Might Not Come" - a criticism of the progress of Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation - numerous blogs and journals have been in a uproar, defending Make It Right's efforts at rebuilding the vastly devastated Lower Ninth Ward and presenting a much more forgiving perspective on the progress of the neighborhood since the engineering disaster that exacerbated the effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  To date, 86 LEED Platinum homes have been designed and constructed by world-renowned architects including Frank Gehry and Morphosis, at a cost of approximately $24 million.  Make It Right has promised to build up to 150 such homes, but DePillis's article points out how amenities in the neighborhood are low and how the number of residents returning to the neighborhood is dwindling.  Make It Right has made a commitment and the debate that ensues questions whether it is going far enough in delivering its promise to rebuilding community.

Find out more after the break.

W New Orleans – French Quarter / Nemaworkshop

01:00 - 29 September, 2012
W New Orleans – French Quarter / Nemaworkshop, © Michael Kleinberg
© Michael Kleinberg
  • Architects

  • Location

    New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • Contractor

    Case & Associates
  • Lighting

    nemaworkshop
  • Area

    0.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Michael Kleinberg © Michael Kleinberg © Michael Kleinberg © Michael Kleinberg +7

The FLOAT House - Make it Right / Morphosis Architects

18:05 - 2 August, 2012
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Architects: Morphosis Architects Location: 1638 Tennessee St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA Project Year: 2009 Project Area: 88.0 sqm Photographs: Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +15

Make It Right completes Frank Gehry-designed Duplex

15:00 - 17 July, 2012
© Chad Chenier Photography / Make It Right
© Chad Chenier Photography / Make It Right

Make It Right is proud to announce the completion of the Frank Gehry-designed, New Orleans’ duplex in the Lower 9th Ward. The colorful, LEED Platinum home is part of an affordable and sustainable community that is currently being developed by Brad Pitt’s Make It Right foundation within the NOLA neighborhood most devastated from Hurricane Katrina.

“I really believe in what Brad is doing for the community and was honored to be included,” said Frank Gehry. “I wanted to make a house that I would like to live in and one that responded to the history, vernacular and climate of New Orleans. I love the colors that the homeowner chose. I could not have done it better.”

Continue after the break for more.

The National World War II Museum / Voorsanger Mathes LLC

01:00 - 21 February, 2012
The National World War II Museum / Voorsanger Mathes LLC, © Thomas Damgaard
© Thomas Damgaard
  • Architects

  • Location

    945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
  • Architects

    Voorsanger Architects PC, New York, NY
  • Design Principal

    Bartholomew Voorsanger
  • Lead Design

    Martin Stigsgaard, Masayuki Sono
  • Design Team

    Peter Miller, James Macdonald, Radoslaw Krysztofiak,Andrea Wiedemann, Mark Wagner, Reema Pathak, Van Hsin-Hung Tsao, Issei Suma, Won Jun Jung, Anastasiya Konopitskaya
  • Associate Architect

    Mathes Brierre Architects, New Orleans, LA
  • Project Team

    Peter Priola, Tony Alfortish, Nichole Chauvin, Scott Evans, C. H. Palm Jr., Frank Herdliska, Joyce Bergman, Johannah Fernandez, Vivien Yu, Vicki Cusimano, Robert Swan, Jim Opitz
  • Exhibition Design

    Gallagher & Associates
  • Museum Consultant

    Peggy A. Loar
  • Additional Competition Staff

    Chieko Takahashi, Yoonkee Hong, Sabrina Schollmeyer, Victor Viera, Omar Renteria
  • Structural Engineer

    Weidlinger Associates, Inc.
  • Mep Engineer

    Altieri Sebor Wieber LLC
  • Landscape Architect

    Olin Partnership
  • Owner/Client

    The National World War II Museum Foundation, Inc.
  • Co Chairman

    Edward C. Mathes
  • Area

    284000.0 ft2
  • Photographs

© Thomas Damgaard © Thomas Damgaard © Thomas Damgaard © Thomas Damgaard +17

Bayou-Luminescence Installation / ISSSStudio + PATH

07:00 - 7 February, 2012
Courtesy of ISSSStudio + PATH
Courtesy of ISSSStudio + PATH

Bayou-luminescence, one of ten site-specific installations commissioned by the New Orleans chapter of the American Institute of Architects, was a collaboration between Igor Siddiqui, the principal of the Austin-based design practice ISSSStudio and Matt Hutchinson, the principal of San-Francisco-based firm PATH. The project was included as a part of DesCours, the annual architecture and art event on view at various locations in city from December 2 through 11, 2011. More images and architects’ description after the break.