The argument of a decreased city footprint for the City of
New Orleans is still lurking beneath the surface of conversation of reconstruction. The suppression of this topic is caused
by fear of political unpopularity, and must cease to exist in this fashion. Architecture must take the lead in offering
solutions for repopulation through strategic redensification. To this end, the study of symbiotic relationships of natural
organisms will lead to a new realization of strategies for appropriating space in an urban setting. This analysis will
direct an investigation to find greater opportunities for increased density housing and neighborhood ammenities without
wholesale demolition, but rather through opportunistic occupation of space in the city, creating a sustainable neighborhood
model for the future anticipation of New Orleans.
This project attempts to offer a solution for higher density
housing in a reduced footprint New Orleans by occupying the "leftover" spaces in the interior of a typical urban block.
The design is conceived as a series of layers and interfaces that stack housing units above service program (parking,
storage, daycare facilities, and utilities management plant) that run lengthwise through the interior of the block.