Jill Fehrenbacher

ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE KATRINA: Design for Disaster

by , 08/29/07

Hurricane Katrina, Disaster relief, Katrina Cottage, Flood-resistant housing, hurrican resistant housing

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina flooding tragedy and to make sure that people don’t forget it about the massive devastation that affected so many people on the Gulf Coast, we would like to remind people how important it is to tink about ways to improve home and landscape design so that something like this never happens again.


Despite the social and political factors involved in the 2005 disaster, we can’t help but think that if the urban landscape and individual houses had been better designed, we never would have had such a massive problem in the first place. There are many design solutions to tackle the problems of hurricanes, flooding, and displacement, and we’ve spent the last two year covering as many of them as we could: hurricane-resistant houses, flood-resistant houses, rebuilding competitions, and temporary shelter for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. In case you missed any of it, here’s a recap:

Housing Solutions:

+ Katrina Cottages
+ Hurricane resistant domes
+ Flood-resistant housing

Design Competitions & Rebuilding Efforts:

+ Gulf Coast Model Home Program
+ Designing the Future of New Orleans
+ Newer Orleans Competition

Please write in and give your thoughts if you have any ideas, opinions or suggestions about how to improve the current state of affairs in New Orleans, and how to prevent future disasters…

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6 Comments

  1. Fahimer March 15, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Wow that really is a useful list. I know what I want to do but I can see it being useful for others. Loved it!

  2. Fahimer March 15, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    wow… thanks for sharing those… really very touching,

  3. Fahimer March 15, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    tis a beautiful post…

  4. royalestel September 12, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    New Orleans had been warned for quite some time of the danger, the inability of their levees to withstand a storm as strong as Katrina, and the potential deaths that would result if the warnings went unheeded. The warnings went unheeded. I primarily hold city management to blame.

  5. steveheggie August 29, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Infrastructure as a means to implement a concept for a building is the way to go when battling such extreme site/context conditions for architecture. Check this link to see Mies van der Rohe’s solution for the Fransworth house in action with last weeks midwest flooding: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1425/1270903067_38a1ccdd66.jpg?v=0

  6. Hmmmmm August 29, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    In all honesty this will happen again and again. The key is what is learned and changed for the next event. The Katrina Cottage vs the FEMA trailer? Builindg below sea level or on piers? Levee design and wetlands values…. Florida learned a lot form Andrew. Let’s hope the lessons from Katrina are implemented as well.

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