Sep '06 - Nov '06
I'm finally getting into the site planning part of the thesis. For a few weeks now, I've been researching the Mississippi Gulf Coast area, particularly since Hurricane Katrina. There have been so many changes to the zoning and building codes of the area, so it'll be interesting to see architecture adapt to these updated regulations. Anyways, The site I'm considering is pretty much a few feet away from the coastline. It sits north of Highway 90, which runs East/West along the coast. Most of the MS Gulf Coast is still pretty destroyed from the Hurricane, but efforts have gone a long way to help clean up debris and make room for new development. There are only a few casinos up and running, but the others seem to be on their way back to normal. In any case, there is still a lot of work to do as far as city planning and construction.
With all the research I've done, my next step is to organize it into an outline so I know where to go from there. From what I've read, most of the challenges will be in adapting to the building code and designing a structure suitable for such a hurricane-prone area.