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Architectural Design Workshop — Experiments in Post-Disaster Permanent Housing: Make it Right

Prerequisites: 
permission of instructor
Enrollment: 
Limited to 10

As the consequences of natural disasters on coastal cities are amplified by climate change, sea level rise, vanishing wetlands, and continued floodplain development, post-disaster relief and rebuilding strategies require urgent and informed strategies.  Hurricane Katrina remains the most damaging and costly Hurricane in the United States. This workshop will examine the context of New Orleans, both pre- and post Katrina through the multi-disciplinary perspectives of engineering, planning, and architecture to explore the environmental, legislative, infrastructural, and social justice aspects of building and rebuilding in vulnerable places. This workshop will work closely with the Make It Right Foundation to study and analyze the Lower Ninth Ward post-disaster housing initiative.  Students will study, analyze and postulate on environmentally sustainable, socially responsible and design forward approaches to post-disaster housing. The workshop will examine the complex systems at play that enabled the city’s development and contributed to the magnitude of loss and damage, as well as the complex systems in play in the recovery and rebuilding efforts.  Students will develop a multi-disciplinary approach to the case study as well as scenario plan methods, models, and scales of understanding and intervention for sustainable resilient communities of the future.