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title   Ujamaa Square, New Orleans: Movable, Elevated Pathways
students   Blaine Abaray, Darin Barnes
instructor   Mark Pasnik
date   Spring 2006
school   Wentworth Institute of Technology
     
subject   landscape, public building
site   Treme, Lafitte
     
description  
The project seeks to connect a devastated site harmed by flooding following Hurricane Katrina (known as Ujamaa square) with its surrounding community (the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans). Based upon a community design charrette conducted in March 2006, the program called for master planning the site to include a child-care center, and environmental center for neighbors to test toxic soil, and remediation gardens meant to demonstrate how locals can reduce toxins in their own land through planting techniques. The project reaches out to all of Ujamaa Square and the community. Elevated pathways keep the public from coming into direct contact with polluted soil, yet allow for interaction with the remediation gardens and public occupation of the land. These pathways are designed to be moved so that the planting areas can be changed once contamination levels in the soil are reduced. Keeping with the theme of making connections, the proposed environmental center redevelops the shells of existing historic shotgun houses that are then connected through a simple series of sliding wall panels of glass and louvers, allowing for connections between inside and outside spaces and increasing the responsiveness of the spaces to passive design effects. These buildings are also surrounded by the elevated pathways, creating safe play areas for the children.
     
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