UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: ARCHITECTURE
FACULTY ADVISORS: Carla Jackson Bell, Matt Hall, Kevin Moore
National Organization of Minority Architects and Designers (NOMAD)
The mission of the National Organization of Minority Architects and Designers (NOMAD) is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence and professional development of its members. The annual Barbara G. Laurie Student Design Competition requires students to work in a team, and recent projects have focused on large-scale urban proposals that present a deep cultural component with an equally pressing technical problem.
The destruction caused in New Orleans by the interstate is widely known. This proposal seeks to adapt an existing piece of infrastructure in frank acceptance of it as a part of the area's history, recognizing how the subsequent generations of Tremé residents have grown to integrate it into their culture. The area under and adjacent the interstate encompasses three urban spaces critical to the city. Firstly there is the new linear urban plaza. Anchoring its ends are the proposed Lafitte Blueway on the west and Esplanade Ave, a wide tree lined boulevard to the east. While the interstate remains, the ramps are removed to make way for new typologies of urban buildings that can stretch out to relate to the interstate and the spaces it shelters and enables. This proposal examines the local culture and current use of the underside of the interstate and sees the value in it seeking only to add to this culture, not inhibit it.