Urban Land Institute Gerald D. Hines Competition
Winter Break 2015
DATE: January 12-26, 2015
TEAM: Lindsay Pericich, Allison Pericich, Jared Pechauer, Joe Knackstedt, Max Kozak
LOCATION: New Orleans, Louisiana
MEDIA: Revit, Rhino, Grasshopper, Photoshop, & Illustrator
ABOUT THE COMPETITION:
The ULI Hines Competition is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students. The competition engages multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. Teams of five students representing at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data.
In Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain defined lagniappe as “the equivalent of the thirteenth roll in a ‘baker’s dozen.’ It is something thrown in, gratis, for good measure.” Lagniappe Tremé is a district designed to add a little bit more to the rich culture of the Tremé neighborhood, while complementing the existing investments by the City of New Orleans and the federal government in the surrounding neighborhoods. Our goal was not to change the character or tenure of the neighborhood, but to add opportunities and connections for the residents of the Tremé neighborhood. The development was driven by focusing on three concepts: Return, Remember, and Reconnect.
By re-establishing the street grid and infilling lots with historic, New Orleans style buildings, the neighborhood takes on new life. St. Louis street becomes a boulevard facing the Lafitte Greenway with an activated street edge. The increased vitality of the area and additional amenities promote safety and provide opportunities for former, current, and new residents to thrive in the area.
The district is anchored by the Katrina National Memorial and Museum. Development and operation of a memorial is not compatible with the for-profit ownership of the Lagniappe Tremé district therefore the land for the museum was donated to the Katrina National Memorial Foundation to promote community engagement in both the construction of the memorial and the development of ongoing programming. The museum is intended to function as both an educational destination and as a reminder of the great power of water. Working with the City of New Orleans, a functioning stormwater pump station will be constructed on the site and, in conjunction with the Lattice sculpture, will limit I-10 stormwater runoff from flowing into the district. The Lattice will capture and store runoff from I-10 during storms, to be pumped to the
Lafitte Greenway canal after the rain has subsided.
The Lagniappe Tremé District actively seeks to connect within itself and also with the surrounding city of New Orleans. The Claiborne Corridor offers multi-modal transportation through a designated bike path and a streetcar line running through the district from Poydras Street to Elysian Fields. The corridor offers public gathering space, a skate park, parking, and a food truck market. By activating this corridor, the barrier of I-10 transforms into a connection linking the new LSU/VA hospital complex with the surrounding neighborhoods. Lagniappe Tremé emphasizes what is already great about New Orleans and the Tremé neighborhood. It celebrates the unique culture of the neighborhood and provides places where it can coalesce and thrive. The increased activity along St. Louis Street, culminating in the new Katrina National Memorial and Museum, will create a
connection between the district and the rest of New Orleans. A little something extra for the residents of Tremé .
View more of Allison Pericich's work here: http://ampericich.wix.com/allisonpericich
View more of Jared Pechauer's work here: http://www.jared-pechauer.com
Click below to view the publication I put together that summarizes the two week long project!