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