This proposal combines the necessity of a protective levee system with the technology of a maglev transportation system and elevated habitation units. An interlocking system of framework shall be constructed throughout the city. This urban structure will be integrated with boundary levee needs, but also to bridge separated neighborhoods - intertwined areas - not dividing them. The maglev train system with be used for everyday circulation within the city and for high-speed emergency transportation to regional metropoli. These routes were determined from FEMA GIS data of the Katrina and Rita emergencies.
Over the long-term plan of this system as New Orleans residential housing is deemed unsuitable for living, or too costly to rebuild, residents shall move into their own home pods on the INTER-LIVING framework. Neighborhoods will be created on these vertical arteries, using commercial, civic, and residential programs to sustain a vibrant New Orleans culture. When the residents relocate to the structure, their former city plot will be converted to green space, and a patchwork of these areas will envelope the city.
The design and construction process is meant to be prescriptive over time, changing with the needs of the people and environment. This proposal is simply a beginning to the process, not the end.
By diagrammatically mapping the greater New Orleans metro area, the urban fabric is better understood in relation to distances and densities. The Mississippi River, delta wetlands, canals, and topography all require careful consideration to interpolate the best circulation areas. Human scale must be deciphered from a city grid that exists where many homes now do not. A hierarchy of train speeds and destinations draw from the existing neighborhoods as the INTER-LIVING SYSTEM is gradually inhabited. Stations range from local 'on call' stations to regular stops at interchanges, to inter-modal hubs.
As the system matures and the city re-densifies, all human services will exist on the frameworks' structure surrounded by urban park. The time frame for execution will use today's knowledge to create the design of the framework, but also anticipating future programmatic and engineering needs and transportation technologies.
Unit programs vary based upon their levels of visual privacy. Commercial pods have the highest visuality for advertising; civic pods range in use from police stations to schools. On the INTER-LIVING SYSTEM, a vertical patchwork is created with services serving the community on lower levels, but also with commercial kiosks and public park on the very top level in some instances.
Each unit is acoustically and mechanically self-sufficient, receiving services from the INTER-LIVING arteries. The units suspend from the structure and connect by catwalk, ramp, and elevator. The need for these habitation units to replace traditional New Orleans residences shall create a new and progressive local industry of premanufactured pods. Eventually these pods will broaden in purpose and evolve throughout the basic framework.
The levees of New Orleans must be rebuilt for the city to exist in its current state. This proposal is based upon the need for an engineered system to protect the higher ground from storm surge, and resettling the areas topographically insecure to the INTER-LIVING SYSTEM. An integrating system will combine three necessities for the city, letting them thrive in their own structure.