Today marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and to make sure that people don’t forget it about the massive devastation that affected so many people on the Gulf Coast, we are devoting this week to thinking about ways to improve home and landscape design so that something like this never happens again.

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Despite the social and political factors involved in last years 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 year covering as many of them as we could: hurricane-resistant houses, flood-resistant houses, rebuilding competitions, and temporary shelter for people displaced by Hurrican 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

Core 77 also has a great article called Surviving the Flood which focuses on water-proof design exhibited in the Rotterdam Biennial.

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…