- A Sinking City[Re]Invisioning New Orleans' 17th Ward
- Thesis Statement
Theoretical exploration of a sinking city to help define architecture’s role in the transforming process of a city in crisis
As water is currently overflowing the banks of the mighty Mississippi, the battle between “man” and “river” comes to the forefront once again. How can we design where our approaches to water are to accommodate rather than enforce control on a complicated natural process? Humanity’s desire to seek stability in settlement is a need that can be seen as a negotiated tension between the desire for settlement and the inevitability of change. By using design’s abilities to articulate and re-visualize, a landscape of event and experience will be manifested through the intervention of site and program. The focus of the project will mainly be on the Mississippi in the New Orleans area with research on innovative solutions to challenge rising sea levels, flood control, and environmental protection while rethinking the constructions of the lower Mississippi.
The site of the project will be along the canal in New Orleans, maybe more specifically where the canal empties into Lake Pontchartrain. This site condition will allow for a total rethinking of the river behavior, our relationship to water and how we can imagine its presence or absence in design.