Post-Katrina, residents of New Orleans have been forced to reconsider the city’s relationship with water. While current practices often treat water as an obstacle, this proposal underscores it as an amenity. As part of a city run pilot program aimed at utilizing vacant sites for water retention, this proposal diverts rainwater from flooding the surrounding Gentilly neighborhood into an area equipped to accept the precipitation. The site is designed to function under various flood levels and water that is collected on site passes through a number of bioremediation measures. The clean water is ultimately utilized for swimming. In addition to public swimming facilities, the proposed project also includes a recreation center for the community and housing for the elderly. Across 24 acres in central Gentilly, the proposed design is an amenity for the neighborhood, both for its public programs and abilities to prevent catastrophic flooding.
Status: School Project
Location: New Orleans, LA, US