As part of our commitment to the sustainable rebuilding of New Orleans and demonstrating green building as a solution to global warming nationally, Global Green USA -- in collaboration with Brad Pitt as jury chairman -- sponsored an international design competition during the summer of 2006. More than 125 entries were submitted, with each design representing a net zero energy affordable housing and community center development in the Holy Cross neighborhood of the Lower 9th Ward.
The design jury selected six finalists, including three teams with New Orleans connections. The teams then worked with the technical jury and met several times with the Holy Cross residents to refine their designs. The finalists presented their refined concepts and designs to the design jury on August 29 and 30, 2006. The design jury selected the design by Workshop/apd, a young NYC firm.
New Orleans is one of the world's great cities, home to a culture of invention that has seeded the nation's music, literature, cooking, art, and business -- and we believe sustainable development can be the city's next great contribution to American and world culture. Competition sponsors Global Green and Brad Pitt had as their goal the generation of ideas for sustainable redevelopment in New Orleans, redevelopment that will encourage livable cities everywhere and discourage the consumption of non-renewable resources; redevelopment that will help lower their dependence on fossil fuels and their byproducts; redevelopment that will lead New Orleans to a position of prominence in the area of sustainable development and thus help recapture its reputation as a place of innovation and leadership.
The competition sought visionary, yet practical responses to the challenge of sustainable development. By providing specific examples of the how a thoughtful and environmentally responsible rebuilding could take place, the competition hoped to lead New Orleans to a position of prominence in the area of sustainable development and thus help recapture its reputation as a place of innovation and leadership.
Competitors were urged to think outside the box, but to remember that the box must still be buildable at an affordable price. To serve as a catalyst for the sustainable rebuilding process, participants were asked to address several components of neighborhood design, including housing, community facilities, and planning.
Stage I: Participants were asked to provide a sustainable urban design of a 1.25 acre site that focused on a green, healthy multi-family housing building with community center features, along with single family homes and other environmental features. Submissions were asked to achieve several sustainable design and green building goals, including net-zero energy goals.Stage II: Finalists identified from the first round expanded on their submissions from Stage I, working with local architects and community groups, to create a plan for a selected areas in different neighborhoods of the city. They designed single-family housing and a community facility in the neighborhood as part of this stage, as well as environmental and community features.
In both Stage I and Stage II, competitors were challenged to:
- Demonstrate advanced yet achievable solutions for sustainable development and construction of each component of the design challenge
- Develop innovative, progressive architectural and planning solutions that respect and draw from the rich design heritage of New Orleans
- Incorporate the latest construction and energy saving technologies
- Balance sustainability and affordability in a productive dialogue
More than 125 entries were received, each representing designs for a net zero energy affordable housing and community center development in the Holy Cross neighborhood of the Lower 9th Ward. Our design jury selected six finalists, who worked with the technical jury and met several times with the Holy Cross residents to refine their designs before presenting their refined concepts to the design jury the last week of August. The winning design selected by the jury came from Matthew Berman and Andrew Kotchen of Workshop/apd, a young NYC firm.
THE SIX FINALISTS
THE WINNING DESIGN
Sketches of the winning design by workshop/APD
Intervew with Andrew Kotchen of workshop/APD, the winning design firm, about the competition
Global Green Room Interview with winning designer Andrew Kotchen
Global Green USA CEO Matt Petersen's post, "Blessed Bounty: Reflections on the Design Competition."
Lead Funding Partner: The Home Depot Foundation
Competition Sponsors: Brad Pitt, Adam Joseph Lewis, Pierre Andre Senizergues, Trizec Properties, Suzanne Freiwald, Sean Cummings
Design Jury: Lauren Anderson, Bob Berkebile, Keith Butler, Yolanda Daniels, Pam Dashiell, Julie Eizenberg, Walter Hood, Ray Huff, Thom Mayne, William Morrish, David Orr, Matt Petersen, Brad Pitt (Chair), Pierre Andre Senizergues, Marion Weiss
Technical Jury Global Green USA: Walker Wells, Bruce HamptonUS Green Building Council: Bill Browning, Bob BerkebileE. Eean McNaughton, Susan Maxman