New Orleans, Louisiana USA
A collaboration between the Van Alen Institute and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, Future Ground asked three multidisciplinary teams to envision responsive, flexible hybrid design-policy systems to address New Orleans' supply of underutilized vacant land.
OJT was a member of the Stoss Team, led by Stoss Landscape Urbanism and including fellow teammates AY Projects, Mike Brady, Jill Desimini, Level Infrastructure, Offshoots Productive Landscapes, Studio O, and Mass Economics. Working at the intersection of policy and design, allowing each mode to be mutually-generative, we explored a number of ways to engage vacancy across spatial and temporal scales – all based on the essential assumption that with strategic coordination of stakeholders and synchronization of supply and demand, vacant land can be a valuable resource in contemporary urban environments.
Project Team: Robert Baddour, Travis Bost, Rebecca Fitzgerald, Kristian Mizes, Jonathan Tate
Future Ground's events took place over a nine month period, and brought together local and national policymakers, designers, scholars, and professionals with diverse backgrounds.
New Orleans' dearth of statistically land-intensive, middle-wage job opportunities can be associated with a city-wide scarcity of available parcels over one acre in size. With NORA as a proactive coordinator of assembly opportunities, beginning with publicly-owned vacant parcels and NORA's own inventory, businesses previously underserved by the New Orleans land market can begin to develop in the city.
We propose to engage vacancy across scales: from short term – 0-6 month – community engagement strategies, to more time and investment intensive phytoremediation and productive landscape strategies, to projective 10 + year shifts in policy and zoning aided by more robust job networks and coordinated stakeholders.