Disaster Preparation and Recovery Center
This project focuses on New Orleans’s flooding problem. Due to its topography and ineffective flood protection systems, New Orleans has been dealing with natural disasters ever since its foundation. This project proposes a landscape strategy and a building complex to improve the existing condition. The design solutions are produced according to three concepts: preparation, action, and recovery. In daily use, the aim of the complex is to strengthen the social interaction between neighborhoods. Research and education programs are integrated to prepare the city and the citizens for a natural disaster. During a potential natural disaster, the complex will serve as an operational base. The complex will act as a temporary shelter and provide necessary functions for recovery.