After analyzing Ujamaa Square and it’s surrounding
urban context, we decided to bring elements of the city into the
square as a means to make connections with the larger community.
Our landscaping decissions were informed through studying the placement
of vegetation within the city blocks and locations in which open
green spaces typically fall. These unique characteristics unite
Ujamaa Square and the city as a whole. We also took note of Treme’s
central artery, an elevated highway which cuts through the blocks
creating angular shapes. Our landscape scheme for Ujamaa Square
is based on this notion of using existing conditions to create a
center for community on both a large and small scale. We created
an open green space to offer back to the community, while providing
more private green spaces for the inhabitants of the square. A diagnol
cut forms our art center and exterior porch spaces, while allowing
the trees to provide natural barriers between certain programmatic
buildings and spaces. We wanted to create a space that was plesant
for both the Ujamaa inhabitants, as well as the Treme population.
In doing so, we have created a contemporary block with the same
sense of spirit as the ‘old’ New Orleans.