Floating Homes Coming For New Orleans’ 9th Ward?

Today’s “hey, this looks like a great idea on the surface, buuuuuuuuuut….”

The Make It Right Foundation will unveil a house Tuesday in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, which was largely wiped away by floodwaters after Hurricane Katrina. The house is different from others in the neighborhood that were rebuilt after the hurricane: It floats.

The house is the brainchild of Morphosis Architects and its founder, Thom Mayne, winner of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.

“We rethought the idea of a house in terms of the potential conditions of the flooding that took place in Katrina,” Mayne tells Melissa Block.

He says the designers gave the building a chassis, made it out of polystyrene foam and covered it with glass-reinforced concrete.

“What does that do? It produces a raft; it floats,” Mayne says. “And it’s thought about as a seat belt. I mean, hopefully it never gets used. But when it gets used, it’s important.”

The house is anchored to the ground by two vertical guideposts. At times of flooding, the house moves up the guideposts — up to 12 feet — to prevent it from drifting.

Hmmm, let’s see. A good chuck of people in the Lower Ninth Ward are wards of the Government, unable to take care of themselves, feed themselves, clothe themselves, or find work without Big Mommy Government doing it for them. With a monster hurricane bearing down on them, most of them did not leave because no one from the government told them what to do. But, hey, let’s give them another incentive to not leave the next time it happens. And then they will whine that no one actually took care of them and they were really scared as the water started to rise (did I mention that a good chunk of the area is below the water level?) and the wind began to howl. And, somehow, it will be Bush’s fault.

Don’t get me wrong, the overall concept is great. But, it will make people more likely to stay than leave.

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4 Responses to “Floating Homes Coming For New Orleans’ 9th Ward?”

  1. John Ryan says:

    Apparently Teach you also consider yourself to be a “ward of the government” unable to protect yourself from terrorism. Teach those people expected the levees taht were maintained by the US ARmy Corps of Engineers to hold. Many of “those people” (90% Black) were unable to help themselves. Old, handicapped, developmentally challenged, you seem to think like Hitler did that these were just “extra eaters” and if they were to die ( and many did) that it would be no great loss. If these people are “wards of the government” does the government have any responsibility towards them ? Did American children deserve to die ?

  2. sleestak says:

    Can I be the first one to say that this “argument” is laughable?

  3. mojo says:

    Idea stolen from some Dutch architect.

  4. Mermaid says:

    This is not new. Floating homes have been around for the last 100 years on the Westcoast of North America where the daily tidal range averages 16 ft. More then 25 years worth of modern floating homes can be seen on http://www.floatingstructures.com

    Of course people should not stay in their homes during the storm but the point is that they would have a home to go back that was livable. If all the damaged homes were replaced with floating foundations homes there would be no worry of this event repeating.

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