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ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE KATRINA: Design for Disaster

Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On August 29, 2007 @ 1:56 pm In Disaster-proof design,global warming | 6 Comments

Hurricane Katrina, Disaster relief, Katrina Cottage, Flood-resistant housing, hurrican resistant housing [1]

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 [2], flood-resistant houses [3], rebuilding competitions [4], and temporary shelter for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. In case you missed any of it, here’s a recap:

Housing Solutions:

+ Katrina Cottages [5]
+ Hurricane resistant domes [6]
+ Flood-resistant housing [3]

Design Competitions & Rebuilding Efforts:

+ Gulf Coast Model Home Program [4]
+ Designing the Future of New Orleans [7]
+ Newer Orleans Competition [8]

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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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/08/29/anniversary-of-hurricane-katrina-design-for-disaster/

[2] hurricane-resistant houses: http://www.inhabitat.com/images/domes_03.jpg

[3] flood-resistant houses: http://inhabitat.com/blog/2006/08/28/waterstudios-amphibious-architecture/

[4] rebuilding competitions: http://inhabitat.com/blog/2006/08/20/gulf-coast-model-home-program/

[5] + Katrina Cottages : http://inhabitat.com/blog/2006/04/06/katrina-cottage-follow-up/

[6] + Hurricane resistant domes: http://inhabitat.com/blog/2005/10/10/monolithic-domes/

[7] + Designing the Future of New Orleans: http://inhabitat.com/blog/2006/01/07/competition-designing-the-future-of-new-orleans/

[8] + Newer Orleans Competition: http://inhabitat.com/blog/2006/04/04/newer-orleans/

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