October 24, 2005
Part of the answer to what the "new" New Orleans will look like might emerge from an international design competition aimed at identifying new housing prototypes for New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
The contest will be sponsored by the Tulane University School of Architecture and Architectural Record magazine, the leading trade publication of the architectural world. The contest will be announced in the December issue of Architectural Record. The deadline for submitting design proposals will be March.
"We're focusing just on residential because those are the structures that received the most damage from the storm," said Reed Kroloff, dean of Tulane's School of Architecture.
Kroloff said all Tulane architecture students will be encouraged to submit designs for the contest which will serve both practical and academic purposes -- providing city designers models for rebuilding a stronger, less vulnerable New Orleans, while giving architecture students a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience.
He added that the competition will be particularly challenging since it seeks designs that respect the aesthetic traditions of New Orleans housing while making residential life less vulnerable to catastrophic natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina.
Kroloff says he is curious to see what newcomers to the pantheon of New Orleans homes that includes shotguns, camelbacks, Greek revival mansions and Creole cottages might look like.
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