Gallery: COMPETITION: Designing the Future of New Orleans


Architectural Record, in partnership with the Tulane School of Architecture, has announced two International design competions to propose new housing for New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The Dual competions are: 1. New Orleans House Prototype, open to current architecture students; and
2. High-Density on the High-Ground, open to everyone.

Participants in these competitions will design much-needed housing for the city of New Orleans. The first competition will generate proposals for a house prototype, variations of which can be replicated throughout the city. In this competition, the house prototype will be demonstrated as an affordable single-family home on a typical New Orleans lot. The second competition will generate a 140-unit housing community with mixed-use components on a high-ground site by the Mississippi River. Winning designs will be published in Architectural Record and presented at the 2006 AIA Convention and Expo. Selected submissions will appear on McGraw-Hill Construction web sites.

Design Objectives:
Participants are encouraged to consider the following issues:
-Climate, Geography and Culture of New Orleans
– Sustainability
– Pre-fabrication and/or Modular Systems

Important Note: While the competition welcomes visionary or hypothetical proposals, contestants are encouraged to consider that New Orleans faces a severe and immediate housing crisis, and is in need of practical, affordable solutions to this problem.

How to enter:
– Click on the link below for the entry form.
– Fill out, print and fax or mail in the form with the entry fees.
– All competition materials will be sent to entrants within two weeks after the entry form is received.

Questions Deadline – February 8, 2006
Answers Posted – February 15, 2006
Registration Deadline – February 1, 2006
Late Registration Deadline – February 15, 2006
Submission Deadline – March 1, 2006
Jury – March, 2006
Exhibition March 15-29, 2006

+ Designing the Future of New Orleans

Photos: Neil Alexander


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  1. Andreas Paulsen August 29, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    Be really radical, make the entire area a National Park, move New Orleans to Higher Ground.
    Culture needs people, the people make the city, It can be anywhere, even on higher ground.


  2. ANNE GABRIEL January 19, 2006 at 7:11 pm

    RE: rebuilding in low areas, forget about it, go ahead and displace homeowners, some of whom have owned their property for 200 years (that’s not a typo…)

    Hello Netherlands! We (finally) called them and they’re ready and willing AND successfully able to assist us. NOT rebuilding is NOT the answer.

    Y’all sound like Rep. Baker and that “Italian Businessman”, Joe Canizaro. They want to have all of the area for 10cents on the dollar to gentrify and rebuild in the fashion they want.

    Repeating, NOT rebuiling NO is NO answer.

    Keep us in your prayers.

    Louisiana Annie

  3. Paul G. Bishop January 14, 2006 at 4:05 am

    It would take a lot of time and money, among other things, but I am for filling in the big dip where needed. The loss of life and the stress that resulted is not worth building New O the way it was.

  4. Tom Johnson, Jr. January 9, 2006 at 11:54 pm

    While we’re looking to the future, New Orleans is the perfect place to learn from the past. The design of the French Quarter works. Not only is it charming, but it makes for wonderfully efficient living. When I need some cream for my coffee, I can practically walk in my robe to the corner store. In fact, there’s very few reasons I ever need to get in my car. The design of these new houses should look to this model of urban design, not the suburban model.

  5. Paul January 9, 2006 at 7:02 am

    I have an original design…don’t build anything. With an increase in global warming hurricanes are going to become larger and more frequent. Why build on a graveyard?

  6. Jonathan Stark January 8, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    This is a Huge Idea, I would like to see this incorporated into the Goverments disorganized plan for this area

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