The Princeton Envelope Group (PEG) is a design and research unit at the Princeton University School of Architecture. Headed by Alejandro Zaera-Polo and coordinated by Urtzi Grau. The unit is engaged in a three year research program on the Politics of the Building Envelope the conclusions of which will be published in a forthcoming book by Actar Press, Barcelona+New York.

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Hurricane Kartina (2005) left New Orleans in a major lack of housing solutions due to the vast damage created by the storm. One of the results of the hurricane was the rise of real estate values causing the exclusion of a large part of the community, mainly the black, poor part, from the city center. The population was reduced to half of its original size. The lack of affordable housing created a different social and ethnic mix. The percentage of the black community was significantly reduced.

What are the effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans population and housing situation? Hurricane Katrina (2005) left New Orleans in a major lack of housing solutions due to the vast damage created by the storm. One of the results of the hurricane was the rise of real estate values causing the exclusion of a large part of the community, mainly the black, poor part, from the city center. The population was reduced to half of its original size. The lack of affordable housing created a different social and ethnic mix. The percentage of the black community was reduced significantly.
Within the site, 70% of the population is under the poverty levle. The average household income of the Magnolia Project population was less then $13,000.

Map made as part of: “Exposing New Orleans” an urban analysis of post-Katrina New Orleans by Anthony Fontenot, Jakob Rosenzweig, Anne Schmidt, Fall 2005 Princeton University

Map made as part of: “Exposing New Orleans” an urban analysis of post-Katrina New Orleans by Anthony Fontenot, Jakob Rosenzweig, Anne Schmidt, Fall 2005 Princeton University

Within the site, 70% of the population lived below the poverty level. The average household income of the Magnolia Project Population was less than $13,000. They were fored to leave.

Public housing project St. Thomas in 1998 and 2004.
The project was being redeveloped before the flood in 2005.
“Before the storm, we were not realistic about the fact that the city was already shrinking, and had been for a long time.” Steven Bingler, architect and leading player in the post-Katrina United New Orleans Plan.

Impressions of New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina.

All major public housing sites are being currently redeveloped with the financial support of Hope VI.

All major public housing sites are being currently redeveloped with the financial support of Hope VI.
The Magnolia projects are currently being redeveloped.

Carbon “cap and trade” credits financially enable the protection and restoration of local wetlands.In the early years of the mitigation banking industry in Louisiana, the majority of the transactions hovered in the range of $3,000 to $5,000 per acre: however, as time increased, credit prices did also. This upward trend is depicted in Figures 4.4 and 4.5. In the most recent years sampled (20004-2006), several transactions were recorded in excess of $20,000 per acre. Nevertheless, a substantial number of transactions in Louisiana during that same period remained at or below the price of $5,000 per acre. This bimodal trend could be indicative of segregation in the wetland mitigation credit market. In fact, over the ten-year period for which Louisiana credit prices were collected, the average price was only $6,382.

In New Orleans, Magnolia Projects is a classic example for a flat vertical public housing project which has become one of the most problematic sites in the country in terms of crime rates since its construction between 1941-1955.
The Magnolia Projects, officially the C.J. Peete Projects, was among the largest Housing Projects of New Orleans and first all-black public housing federally founded in the United States (after the construction of the all white St. Thomas). It housed approximately 2,100 people in 1,400 units distributed in 41.5 acres. Completed in two phases (1940-41 and 1954-55), it became famous nationwide for its legendary violent-crime rates (one of the highest murder rates in the United States).

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