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title   Habitat Re-evolve
student   Einat Manoff
instructor   Michael Sorkin
date   Spring 2006
school   City College of New York
     
subject   multiple-unit housing
site   Central Business District
     
description  
Subverting the image of the Superdome as a symbol of governmental failure, this project uses the Superdome as a foundational structure to which to attach both new temporary housing and commercial activity. It also proposes embedding the Superdome in a new transit route that encircles the building and connects it with Claiborne Avenue to reinsert it in the life of the city.
     
link   school site
     
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02/06/07
Einat Manoff
Tel Aviv, ISRAEL

The Superdome is one of New Orleans icons. Designed by Curtis & Davis and Associated Architects it serves as a major venue for events in sports, entertainment, and politics. In addition it functions as emergency evacuation shelter in times of need, including the disastrous storm and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Mid City’s landscape is dominated by large structures such as the Superdome, the elevated highways and the down town sky scrapers. This project introduces a parasitic structure that latches on to these infrastructural elements, starting with the Superdome, revolves around them and generates a new form of habitat:

Habitat Re- Evolve is an accumulation of loft-like slabs which revolve and mutate in shape around the curved surface of the dome. The habitat offers various programmatic uses for its slabs – all aiming for a stronger, more diverse community. Each series of slabs can act as a capsule hotel, a temporary living for artists during Jazz Fest and for tourists during sports events. Other uses such as small commercial and manufacturing spaces are available. Habitat will allow for dynamic, seasonal communities parallel to more permanent occupancy. There are approximately 8,000 units which were calculated by comparing the Superdome’s volume to that of the basic Shot gun house commonly found in the area.

The Superdome is thus encrusted with terraces that allow for ventilation, vegetation, vertical agriculture and an horizontal shaded urban park. Aiming to seam together the large infrastructure that has taken precedence to the community in the past, this is a proposal to: Re-Surface, Re-Build, Re-Cycle, Re-Claim, Re-Think, Re-Evolve.



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