Sponsor: New Orleans Redevelopment Authority; Van Alen Institute
Type: RFQ
Fees: none
Language: English
Eligibility: Teams must include at least one designer (architect, landscape
architect, urban designer, or urban planner) and one member with policy expertise, and are encouraged to include members with expertise in ecology, housing/community development, and/or real estate/ finance. Teams are encouraged to include at least one local representative in New Orleans as well as members representing national and/or international perspectives.
29 September 2014 – Deadline for applications
Awards: The three selected teams will each receive a $15,000 stipend to participate in the research and design process.
  • NICOLE BARNES – Jericho Road Episcopal Housing Initiative, New Orleans
  • MAURICE COX – Tulane City Center, Tulane School of Architecture, New Orleans
  • RENIA EHRENFEUCHT – University of New Orleans, New Orleans
  • WILLIAM A. GILCHRIST – City of New Orleans, New Orleans
  • JEFF HEBERT – New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, New Orleans
  • ARTHUR JOHNSON – Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development, New Orleans
  • DAN KINKEAD – Detroit Future City, Detroit
  • DAVID VAN DER LEER – Van Alen Institute, New York
  • ELIZABETH MOSSOP – Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • TERRY SCHWARZ – Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, Cleveland
  • DAVID WAGGONNER – Waggonner & Ball Architects, New Orleans
Design Challenge:
Van Alen Institute and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) are collaborating on a competition to make New Orleans a global leader in reusing vacant land. Future Ground will generate flexible design and policy strategies
that forecast and accommodate changes in density, demand, climate, and landscape over the next half-century in New Orleans, transforming abandoned landscapes into resources for the current and future city.
Three teams will be selected to participate in a six-month research and design process to tackle the social, economic, and ecological challenges underlying reuse of the most prevalent types of vacant land in the city. Working closely with local stakeholders and national experts, teams will produce implementable, replicable solutions that can be applied to specific sites citywide, and that can help catalyze change in cities around the world.

For information, and to enter, go to: www.vanalen.org/futureground