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Ideas contest launched for New Orleans vacant plots

The Van Alen Institute has announced an open ideas competition seeking new uses for swathes of vacant land in New Orleans

The project aims to create ‘flexible design and policy strategies’ which can be used by the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) to rebuild the city.

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina and Rita damaged almost 70 per cent of all New Orleans’ residential units, severely reducing the city’s population.

It is thought around 20 per cent of all residential addresses in the city are now either blighted or vacant lots.

Three multidisciplinary teams will receive around £9,000 each to take part in a six-month research programme during which they will develop their proposals.

During the programme the participants will consult with local stakeholders and experts and consider how the area’s population, economy and climate could change over the next 50 years.

According to the brief: ‘The project will produce implementable, replicable solutions that NORA can apply to specific sites citywide, and can help catalyze change in cities around the world.’

The competition is open to a range of professions including architects, landscape architects, planners, urban designers, engineers and community development experts.

Jury members include Maurice Cox of New Orleans’ Tulane School of Architecture, Jeff Hebert from NORA and the Van Alen Institute’s David van der Leer.

The winning teams will be announced in October and a final report will be published next summer.

The deadline for submissions is 29 September.







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