RESEARCH: LAND DIVISION AND THE REMAKING OF URBAN TERRITORY
New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Land allocation at the creation of many historic cities, New Orleans in particular, was often centered on the establishment of agricultural plots. Large allotments were, over the years, divided to accommodate greater population densities, altering their original land-use and form. Hidden in the contemporary urban fabric, these former plantations can, if revealed, provide a glimpse of past geographies, topographies, economic structures and ways of life foreign to us now. Even more compelling in some radical instances the cycle of subdivision is reversing where former plots are being aggregated to form, if not in whole, vestiges of the original parcels. Likewise, with the city depopulating and shrinking the accumulated land is reconstituted for urban agriculture production, a peculiar reversion to an original state.
The focus of this ongoing investigation is to document instances in the City that follow this pattern, graphically illustrating the process and its projective outcomes.
Project Team : Robert Baddour, Elizabeth Davis, Ellen Hailey, Jonathan Tate
Subject area, drawing from New Orleans Architecture Vol. VI.
Working analysis of subject site.