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A Collaborative Design/Build Project in New Orleans's Seventh Ward

 

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The projects represented on these pages are the product of collaboration between the University of Kansas (KU) School of Architecture and Urban Planning, KU Architecture Students for Social Action, the Porch Cultural Organization of New Orleans's Seventh Ward, The Neighborhood Story Project, and Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans. The projects are intended to garner community support for rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina, and to promote the cultural traditions and arts of the Seventh Ward.

 

Working with members of the Seventh Ward community, we have initiated a collaborative design process that has resulted in the installation of several building projects. The projects were all designed and pre-fabricated on the campus of the University of Kansas and transported to their final site in New Orleans. The completed projects include community Notice Boards, a community garden Shade Structure, a community garden Tool Shed, and a Mobile Stage.

 

Current projects include another Shade Structure and an Outdoor Classroom.

 

Our inspiration for these projects in this Creole neighborhood is the Creole tradition of craftsmen coming together on weekends to host 'house-raisings' for one another.


Project Documentation

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Project Photos and Video

 

Media Coverage


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Acknowledgements

Grateful acknowledgement is made to those who have contributed time and money to our cause:


Key Participants


Articles about the 7th Ward and the rebuilding of New Orleans:

SEVENTH WARD

 

NEW ORLEANS GENERAL

 

PROGRESS REPORT: ONE YEAR LATER

CHALLENGES

 

HOUSING PROJECTS - NEWS

 

FEDERAL FUNDING ISSUES

 

BANKS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES

 

CULTURAL IMPACTS

 

HURRICANE PROTECTION

 

SEVENTH WARD

 

OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS

 

RELOCATION STORIES

 

IMPACTS ON CRIME

 

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

 

VOLUNTEER SYSTEM, (OTHER PROJECTS)

 

WHAT'S UP WITH FEMA?

 

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

 

THE FUTURE: DESIGN CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

 

THE PORT BUSINESS

 

HOW ABOUT SOMETHING OPTIMISTIC?

 


Model Programs to Learn From

TOOL LENDING LIBRARY

WELL HOME PROGRAM

REUSABLE BUILDING MATERIALS EXCHANGE PROGRAM

PRESERVATION RESOURCES