ARCH-501/502 Unit 5 – in/out crisis

Students: K. Kyriakou

Crisis: Political / Social / Environmental / Financial
Terrain: Inner levee walls within the St. Bernard bayou District
Product: Communal Living

Project Description:
The deterioration of the landscape of southern Louisiana has been caused by both natural causes and unsustainable human activities. Beginning in the 1760’s, the construction of cargo ship canals blocked the Mississippi River from delivering freshwater nutrients to the topsoil that is necessary to reinforce the existing landscape. This consequently led to soil erosion, sinkage and the change of floe of the Mississippi River outlet. Another main catalyst of environmental change in the area is annual sea level rise, averaging 2 cm per year, which allows sea water to erode in existing landscape at an alarming