Rebuilding After Hurricane Katrina
Architecture for Humanity is working to connect families and individuals who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina with architects and designers who can help them to untangle complex new building codes and FEMA elevations, make decisions about their future, and ultimately empower them to re-envision their homes, businesses and communities. Below are just a few of the many projects that architects with Architecture for Humanity are undertaking.
Projects in Progress:
Biloxi Model Home Program
Location: Biloxi, Mississippi
Architecture for Humanity is sponsoring the design and construction of a number of demonstration homes in East Biloxi.This fully-funded pilot program aims to assist families committed to rebuilding on their property by pairing them with architects, engineers and design professionals and others who can help them answer such basic questions as: Is it safe to rebuild on my lot? How will the new flood map elevations and building codes affect me? And, if I rebuild, what can I afford to build?
Calhoun Photography Studio and Residence
Location: Flood Street, New Orleans
Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick Calhoun are professional photographers. For years they taught community photography classes at a photography studio based in a storefront next to their home. Exhibitions at the gallery featured the work of local photographers and chronicled the life and times of the neighborhoods in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, some of which was featured in publications such as Reflections in Black. The studio was a repository of local history, including hundreds of photographs that documented the city's architectural history. The force of Hurricane Katrina and subsequent levy breaches and flooding caused both the couple's home and their photography studio and gallery to collapse, destroying years of work.
Keith and Chandra have been able to rescue some but not all of the thousands of negatives that were stored in the studio and are determined to return. Architecture for Humanity has committed to providing design services to help them envision a new studio on the same site and rebuild.
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Left to right: The Harrison residence after the storm;
the interior after volunteers helped to gut and demold the home; Harreast
Herreast Harrison’s vision is two fold … first is to make her family home in the upper Ninth Ward habitable so that she can bring her scattered family home to the City. A retired daycare provider to two genrations of 9th Ward children, she is in the process of renovating her gutted structure so that in the near future her home will be able to house those members of the family who want to return to New Orleans but are without a place to stay.
Gulf Coast Community Design Studio
Architecture for Humanity is pleased to support the work of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio. The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio is an outreach of Mississippi State University School of Architecture and uses professional faculty and staff to provide design assistance to the communities along the Gulf Coast that have been impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The overall mission of the studio is to provide leadership and design assistance to the Mississippi Gulf Coast communities. The community design studio will work with the Biloxi Relief Recovery and Revitalization Center to help families in East Biloxi re-envision and rebuild their community. Early on their work has focused on mapping the neighborhood. Today, they are working on providing design services to families repairing and reconstructing homes.
Location: New Orleans Street, New Orleans
Owner: Mona Lisa Saloy
Design team: Maureen Ness, AFH-Minnesota
This project came out of our work with Heritage Conservation Network. Architecture for Humanity and Maureen Ness with AFH-Minnesota are helping long-term New Orleans resident and poet Mona Lisa Saloy (author of Red Beans and Ricely Yours) return home. The project entails assisting her with determining appropriate elevations, permitting, and helping her elevate and redesign the existing structure. Preliminary plans have been drafted and the project is now waiting surveying and permitting.
View the design:
The Greater Little Zion Baptist Church
Preserving Homes in New Orleans
Begun just three months after the storm, the goal of this project was to help families and train volunteers in gutting and de-molding some of the city's precious building stock with an eye towards historic preservation. A small grant to the Heritage Conservation Network enabled them to bring down a number of volunteers who assisted homeowners in gutting homes and businesses. By halting the spread of mold, the project helped preserve the structures. The project also helped jump start reconstruction by showing owners that it would be possible to repair these historic structures and helping them understand the reconstruction process that lay ahead.
Location: Waveland, Mississippi
Over Spring Break 2005 students of the University of Minnesota made life a little bit more livable for Kathy Everard and her daughter by building a laundry room addition to their FEMA trailer. There were no working laundry facilities in the area. The addition also doubled as a storage area relieving the Everard's cramped space inside the trailer.
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