Plum Orchard, New Orleans
       
     
 The strategies begin at  the scale of the backyard, as in our brochure,  Project Backyard , which describes how each property can contribute to the creation of a larger wetland through gardening. The neighbors loved it.
       
     
 Located between the Industrial Canal and Lake Pontchartrain, Plum Orchard is vulnerable to flooding from two sources. Funded initially by a HUD grant and subsequently by ACORN Housing, Gans studio and dArchitects worked with the citizens of Plum Orchard to develop incremental adaptations to climate change .   
       
     
 We  produced a master plan for twelve blocks where every climate strategy has additional neighborhood benefit: playgrounds, mixed use economic development of high ground, improved transportation networks for bus and bike and energy self sufficiency to name a few.
       
     
 On ground level, swales guide water towards a wetland while existing homes are raised above the flood plain. Cisterns lie beneath new development  on higher ground. This continuous landscape manages the water from a ten year flood internally and, with connection to civic pumps, can  sustain the neighborhood during a 100 year event.
       
     
 The strategies could benefit many low-lying coastal suburbs in an age of climate change
       
     
 To learn more about this project you can read :   Below the Sill Plate  in Beyond Shelter: Architecture and Human Dignity. Marie Aquilino ed.  Metropolis Books   Plum Orchard Mon Amour  in New Orleans Under Reconstruction, Reese and Sorkin eds, Verso Books   The Coastal Suburb and the Goose   in Boundaries #2   Repositioning in Place  in Evasions of Power Levy ed. U Penn
       
     
  ACORN Housing hired dArchitects and Gans studio to replicate these planning principles  in other neighborhoods of New Orleans East  and the Lower Ninth Ward where they had control of 350 adjudicated  properties. (For the  architecture  see Houses for New Orleans).
       
     
Plum Orchard, New Orleans
       
     
Plum Orchard, New Orleans
 The strategies begin at  the scale of the backyard, as in our brochure,  Project Backyard , which describes how each property can contribute to the creation of a larger wetland through gardening. The neighbors loved it.
       
     

The strategies begin at  the scale of the backyard, as in our brochure, Project Backyard, which describes how each property can contribute to the creation of a larger wetland through gardening. The neighbors loved it.

 Located between the Industrial Canal and Lake Pontchartrain, Plum Orchard is vulnerable to flooding from two sources. Funded initially by a HUD grant and subsequently by ACORN Housing, Gans studio and dArchitects worked with the citizens of Plum Orchard to develop incremental adaptations to climate change .   
       
     

Located between the Industrial Canal and Lake Pontchartrain, Plum Orchard is vulnerable to flooding from two sources. Funded initially by a HUD grant and subsequently by ACORN Housing, Gans studio and dArchitects worked with the citizens of Plum Orchard to develop incremental adaptations to climate change.  

 We  produced a master plan for twelve blocks where every climate strategy has additional neighborhood benefit: playgrounds, mixed use economic development of high ground, improved transportation networks for bus and bike and energy self sufficiency to name a few.
       
     

We  produced a master plan for twelve blocks where every climate strategy has additional neighborhood benefit: playgrounds, mixed use economic development of high ground, improved transportation networks for bus and bike and energy self sufficiency to name a few.

 On ground level, swales guide water towards a wetland while existing homes are raised above the flood plain. Cisterns lie beneath new development  on higher ground. This continuous landscape manages the water from a ten year flood internally and, with connection to civic pumps, can  sustain the neighborhood during a 100 year event.
       
     

On ground level, swales guide water towards a wetland while existing homes are raised above the flood plain. Cisterns lie beneath new development  on higher ground. This continuous landscape manages the water from a ten year flood internally and, with connection to civic pumps, can  sustain the neighborhood during a 100 year event.

 The strategies could benefit many low-lying coastal suburbs in an age of climate change
       
     

The strategies could benefit many low-lying coastal suburbs in an age of climate change

 To learn more about this project you can read :   Below the Sill Plate  in Beyond Shelter: Architecture and Human Dignity. Marie Aquilino ed.  Metropolis Books   Plum Orchard Mon Amour  in New Orleans Under Reconstruction, Reese and Sorkin eds, Verso Books   The Coastal Suburb and the Goose   in Boundaries #2   Repositioning in Place  in Evasions of Power Levy ed. U Penn
       
     

To learn more about this project you can read :

Below the Sill Plate in Beyond Shelter: Architecture and Human Dignity. Marie Aquilino ed.  Metropolis Books

Plum Orchard Mon Amour in New Orleans Under Reconstruction, Reese and Sorkin eds, Verso Books

The Coastal Suburb and the Goose  in Boundaries #2

Repositioning in Place in Evasions of Power Levy ed. U Penn

  ACORN Housing hired dArchitects and Gans studio to replicate these planning principles  in other neighborhoods of New Orleans East  and the Lower Ninth Ward where they had control of 350 adjudicated  properties. (For the  architecture  see Houses for New Orleans).
       
     

 ACORN Housing hired dArchitects and Gans studio to replicate these planning principles  in other neighborhoods of New Orleans East  and the Lower Ninth Ward where they had control of 350 adjudicated  properties. (For the  architecture  see Houses for New Orleans).