Professor: Derek Hoeferlin
This was a two-week mini-project based in New Orleans, where we were challenged to think radically about how housing typologies could transform as the delta region slowly disappears. This proposal points out the fact that a diverse culture and a unique geography have been disconnected by a strict Jeffersonian-style city plan. By equipping each single family home with an expanding bladder-like cistern. One could speculate that during minor floods the city could delay 3.5 billion gallons of water from entering the already overloaded flood protection infrastructure, while at the same time raising homes above flood lines as a means of protection. Finally, the eventual release of the cisterns load would, over time, create a new organic order over the existing grid system of the city.
The bladder-cistern system meant the prominent housing typology of the region - the shotgun house - had to become more disconnected, allowing each pod to rise as rainwater is collected, and fall as rainwater is recycled (in kitchens or bathrooms) or released.