New Orleans, Louisiana

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The New Orleans chapter collaborated with the New Orleans Downtown Development District in investigating the viability of implementing a localized subcode to revitalize underutilized buildings in the city's core, left uninhabitable by changing building codes.

A small group of designers took a series of existing historic buildings as a prototype, and attempted to design several schemes to make them safe and legal, under the proposed new subcodes, in order to help many areas of the city legally return to use after Hurricane Katrina

— Rehab Subcode Team

  • 3/3/2013

    Project Completion Date

  • 500,000

    Underutilized Square Feet in new Orleans

Photo by Google Maps

The New Orleans Chapter designed an outdoor classroom for Common Ground's 9th Ward Nursery, where they teach volunteers about the plants grown on-site to be re-planted for wetland restoration.

We worked with a local non-profit to design an outdoor classroom for Common' Ground's plant nursery for wetland restoration, in the lower 9th ward.

— Outdoor Classroom Team

  • 2/1/2014

    Project Completion Date

  • 550

    Square feet of teaching area

Photo by Outdoor Classroom Team

The New Orleans Chapter designed a prototype storm shelter for post-disaster recovery and future latent preparedness

We designed a prototype hardened storm shelter to be quickly erected, then lived in while being incorporated into new construction

— Seed House Team

  • 1/13/2015

    Project Completion Date

  • 96

    Square feet

Photo by Seed House Team