Multi-family Housing in New Orleans

  • Caption
    8/5/2006 (creation)
Related people
David Ruffing (designer)
S. Beth Blostein (studio professor)
Autumn 2005
North and Central America->United States->Louisiana->New Orleans
North and Central America->United States->Ohio->Franklin (county)->Columbus
This was a graduate student project by David Ruffing for Beth Blostein's ARCH 341 course, Autumn 2005.
"The project is a constructed landscape designed to break down the levee as a barrier by renegotiating the use of water in the city. The landscape, which occurs all along the levee, utilizes the unusable land directly adjacent to the levee and exploits the sites characteristics. Water seepage from the levee's banks is collected and deposited into a constructed wetland, which purifies the waste from the units. By placing the units directly on the wetland, the residence's lives become associated with the presences of water, which begins to eradicate the fear of flooding. The units have specially designed roofs that collect enough rain water into internal cisterns to sustain the occupants. The large roof overhang provides shade, and the centralized cistern helps cool the units in the warm New Orleans climate. The roof begins to fold down to allow pedestrians to occupy the top of the levee. They are able to view the river and relate it to the wetland; water has permeated the barrier of the levee." ---- David Ruffing
This work is a part of the online collections of the Knowlton School of Architecture Student Archives, The Ohio State University. It is part of an effort to make accessible student work ranging from the first student that graduated from the program in 1903 to the present. The effort to preserve and digitize drawings in the Student Archives was sponsored in part by the Graham Foundation.
2000s (2000 - 2009)
ARCH 341
Academic Class