Big Easy Rebuild

Since hurricane Katrina a new architectural style has emerged in New Orleans that can only be described as Defensive (houses on pillars), Defiant (pristine homes surrounded by devastation), and Do Good (affordable housing built by non-profits) as opposed to Greek Revival, Italianate, and Creole.
Many are concerned that the lack of urban planning in New Orleans since the “storm” has resulted in a haphazard form of housing that will have a long-term detrimental effect on the city. Unfortunately the fact that it has been difficult to get any construction project started leads to homeowners building with abandon once a project is financed and green-lighted.
Rebuilding New Orleans, Post-Katrina Style [New York Times]

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
  • Mark Mathis

    Interesting post… This could be a good house plan to restore those homes destroyed by Katrina.