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title   Rebuilding the Houma Nation
students   Tim Baker, Matt Heirigs, Jeffery Barrett, Joe Junius, Breann Marsh-Narigon, Katie Bielejeski, Vicky Richardson, Cristina Rodriguez, Tara Henson
instructors   Clare Cardinal-Pett, Ashley Kyber, Mikech Muecke, Lynn Paxson
date   Spring 2006
school   Iowa State University
     
subject   urban design
site   Southeastern Louisiana
     
description  
Five thousand Native American Houma indigenous peoples living in Southeast Louisiana found themselves homeless after Katrina. In an effort to rebuild, the Houma Nation is exploring different areas as possible locations for the new community. This project highlights three possible sites for the new development, each with a different relationship to the water: one near a navigable bayou, one near a smaller bayou, and one not adjacent to a body of water. Key elements of the plan include sustainability, self-sufficiency, and economic development. Weighing the natural and cultural challenges facing the southeasterly Louisiana communities, the goal of the plan is preserve the Houma way of life that still centers on hunting, fishing, and collecting edible and medicinal plants. The proposed communal area includes a community center, a museum, retail space, an elder-care center, community gardens, multi-use green space for pow-wows or stick ball, and housing.
     
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