The Van Alen Institute and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority announced the three teams that will advance in Future Ground. The competition seeks the best reuse strategies for the vacant lands that still remain nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.
The competition began when VAI and NORA set up an open Request for Qualifications this past summer, which attracted over 180 individuals from 17 countries. The three multidisciplinary teams will now receive a $15,000 stipend to design significant solutions to transform the city's empty lots and abandoned structures into safe, beautiful public spaces that can continue to grow now and over the next 50 years.
Teams will present their proposals in spring 2015. Once the competition concludes, NORA plans on immediate implementation of the strongest ideas.
More details below.
"The competition is supported by NORA, which manages more than 2,000 vacant lots and has become a national leader in reuse of vacant land for community resilience and development. NORA and Van Alen Institute will select the best proposals from the three teams to be implemented on NORA-managed properties.
The three teams will work closely with a group of regional experts in landscape architecture, demographics, geography, climate change, and real estate to forecast scenarios for how New Orleans might change in 2015, 2025, and 2065. The teams’ strategies for land reuse will incorporate and adapt to these potential changes. An Advisory Committee of local and national leaders in vacant land issues will also guide the teams’ work.
Below are the three finalists:
"Team LEX, led by Kristi Cheramie of Ohio State University with Jacob Boswell, Mattijs van Maasakkers, and Jennie Miller. Team LEX has proposed The New Orleans Land Exchange (NOLEX), a projective framework designed to move vacant parcels from tax delinquency to productive lands in order to protect public health and safety."
"Team PaD, led by James Dart of the New Orleans-based design firm DARCH with Deborah Gans, LoriAnn Girvan, and Marc Norman. Team PaD will explore policy as a design tool, considering alternative property, development, legal and fiscal structures to reconsider the city's established design policies in the context of its collective post-Katrina capital of ideas."
"Team Stoss, led by Chris Reed, Scott Bishop, and Amy Whitesides of the Boston-based design firm STOSS Landscape Urbanism with Ann Yoachim, Byron Stigge, Jonathan Tate, Kate Kennen, Liz Ogbu, Jill Desimini, Teresa Lynch, and Michael Brady. Team Stoss will focus on developing strategies for New Orleans that build on local energies; that leverage the ecological, infrastructural, and civic values of landscape; and that catalyze new social, cultural, environmental, and economic dynamics throughout the city."
The three teams will convene in New Orleans on October 22 and 23 to begin their work. Each team will meet with local experts and stakeholders, tour NORA properties citywide, and also participate in a panel discussion and exhibit at the Tulane City Center.
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