As the prevalence in natural disasters begins to root itself within humanity, so does the desire to improve the living standards after such a calamity. The devastating affects of these catastrophes have certainly given light to positive progression, but truthfully have exposed the inefficiencies present within architecture’s role in the matter. This leads one to ask: How can the built environment assist recovery in the future? Upon analysis, there seems to be a striking disconnect between rebuilding houses and recreating a sense of community. A community is the omnipresent entity that unites together the area in which one lives. It can be defined in various ways, including a place of refuge or the comfort an individual seeks for on an everyday basis. This sense of safety is created by the amount of presence family, friends, and surrounding culture have upon the community, and thus the individual. Its removal due to a natural disaster leads to a multitude of underlying psychological issues that in hopes will be addressed within this thesis. The site to be investigated is the Ninth Ward, New Orleans, Louisiana upon devastation from Hurricane Katrina. This choice is due to its relevance, history, location within the United States, and the fact of the matter that there still is no definable solution to the problem.
Status: School Project
Location: New Orleans, LA, US