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Help New Orleans Reuse Vacant Land in the Future Ground Design Competition and You Could Win $15,000!September 29th, 2014

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Vacant lots are a big and costly problem for many cities. Not only do these urban eyesores attract illegal dumping, but they also drive nearby property values down. The Van Alen Institute, however, believes that with the right creative minds, vacant lots can be reinvented into valuable city resources. To that end, they have launched Future Ground, a design competition that challenges multidisciplinary teams to create flexible design and policy strategies for reusing vacant land in New Orleans. The three winning teams will be awarded $15,000 each to participate in a six-month research and design process. The final design solutions should be implementable and replicable to various sites across New Orleans and will be used to catalyze change in cities worldwide.

September 29th, 2014

September 29th, 2014



$15,000 USD


Teams will be selected from an international open Request for Qualifications process. Applications are due by September 29, 2014, and will be evaluated by a jury of national leaders in design and policy. Please visit for a complete RFQ, including details on the submission process.


Nicole Barnes

Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative, New Orleans

Maurice Cox

Tulane City Center, Tulane School of Architecture, New Orleans

Renia Ehrenfeucht

University of New Orleans, New Orleans

William A. Gilchrist

City of New Orleans, New Orleans

Jeff Hebert

New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, New Orleans

Arthur Johnson

Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development, New Orleans

Dan Kinkead

Detroit Future City, Detroit

David van der Leer

Van Alen Institute, New York

Elizabeth Mossop

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Terry Schwartz

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Cleveland

David Waggonner

Waggonner & Ball Architects, New Orleans