Loebs Laying Groundwork for Future New Orleans

Loebs Laying Groundwork for Future New Orleans

The Future Ground design competition has announced the 3 teams selected to create design and policy strategies for the reuse of vacant land in New Orleans. Two of the teams include Loebs: Ann Yoachim (LF ’13) is a member of Team Stoss, and current Loeb Marc Norman is on Team PaD.

The competition, initiated by the Van Alen Institute in collaboration with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, includes Maurice Cox (LF ’02) on the jury and Toni Griffin (LF ’98) on the Advisory Committee. The 3 teams have 6 months to come up with strategies and policies that anticipate a range of possible changes in population, market and climate in the city over the next half-century and that NORA can implement in specific sites citywide.

Team Stoss, led by Chris Reed (associate professor of landscape architecture at the GSD), is committed to “developing strategies for New Orleans that build on local energies; that leverage the ecological, infrastructural, and civic values of landscape; and that catalyze new social, cultural, environmental, and economic dynamics throughout the city.” Team PaD “will explore policy as a design tool, considering alternative property, development, legal, and fiscal structures to reconsider the city’s established design policies in the context of its collective post-Katrina capital of ideas.”

The resulting report, due out in June 2015, will inform other cities around the world in their efforts to transform abandoned landscapes into vital resources. Learn more about Future Ground.

Photo by Peter Vanderwarker
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