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High Density on High Ground
Housing after Hurricane Katrina

Location: New Orleans, LA
Client: International Competition
Project Team: 8 inc

DooHo Lee - Principal 
BJ Siegel - Studio Director
Mark Little - Senior Designer


The   design of “Katrina:  High Density on High Ground” resulted from a competition created as a catalyst to reassess, re-envision and redesign New Orleans’ housing needs following the devastation wrought by hurricane Katrina.

Our winning design solution is a sustainable high-density 160-unit housing community on a high-ground site by the Mississippi River. The 12-story building is designed with a variety and textural complexity that is consistent with the “placed” quality of the residential building types of the Bywater neighborhood and throughout the city of New Orleans.

“High Density on High Ground” was featured in the American Pavilion at the 10th International Venice Architectural Biennale in 2006 and was part of an ongoing traveling exhibit sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

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