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New Orleans Arcology Habitat ( NOAH), New Orleans, United States

Thursday 17 Sep 2009

A floating future for New Orleans?

cg renderings by Tangram 3DS LLC 
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08/10/09 Gilberto Valencia, Vancouver
this the classic architect's ego trip
29/09/09 P. Touchet, Lafayette, LA
Could maybe get the homeless to live there, so you wouldn't need the school, but need to add some package liquor stores and an expanded Shelter instead of the hotels. Otherwise you could count on it being empty and soon to be vandallized.
Ridiculous! Even if he proposed it near the convention center and warehouse district, it would be out of place in the urban fabric of the city. There is a need for some 'out of the box' forward thinking, but within context. Right now there is a problem just getting businesses and people back into New Orleans, try starting there.
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25/09/09 RTM, BR
How very inappropriate for an historic city like New Orleans.
24/09/09 Denis Wintersong, SRB, Florida
Your conceptual design is fantastac and address's a practical ecologal and enviromental need to clearly sustain future world population. Italy would love your vision also. I am also a cruise ship designer also and would like to know more about you.
22/09/09 Sy Auerbach, F.A.I.A., Chevy Chase, MD
Outrageous speculation! It has nothing to do with reality. And does nothing to advance architectural thinking.
22/09/09 bharat bansal, noida,india
22/09/09 gk, l.a.
extreme does not always equal good - case in point here.
21/09/09 D Mayo, New Orleans
Could it be moved out of the French Quarter, please? There are more appropriate sites upriver. The idea of walking in the Quarter with Darth Vader looming overhead is unappealing. Otherwise, I am always interested in new ideas that involve the river.


Floating city concept designed for ecological living solution 

Kevin Schopfer, heading up Ahearn Schopfer architects practice, has developed this unconventional solution to ecological living, specified for use in New Orleans.

Together with Tangram 3DS, a firm specializing in visualization and computer animation, Schopfer has designed and presented New Orleans Arcology Habitat (NOAH) as a proposed urban Arcology (architecture and ecology), whose philosophic underpinnings rest in combining large scale sustainability with concentrated urban structures, in this case a floating city.

NOAH's structure is designed for concentrated use with around 20,000 housing units at an average of 1,100 sq ft, three hotels, 1,500 time-share units and 500,000 sq ft of retail space. Also incorporated are three casinos, 500,000 sq ft of commercial condominiums, parking for 8,000 cars, a school, 100,000 sq ft of cultural facilities and a 20,000 sq ft health facility, making the structure socially self-sufficient. All fitting together with public amenities and administrative offices into an estimated 30 million sq ft.

Asked about why NOAH took this form, the architect responded: "The Pyramid shape is the strongest, most able shape to guarantee structural stability when considering the size and height to width ratio of the entire structure. The shape was also chosen so that the wind and inclement weather would be able to blow through the building instead of fight it."

Transportation through the structure would be made possible by the implementation of staggered 'zone elevators' and a mini electric 'subway' system.

Chosen as the 'city that needs it most' the design of NOAH is not created to complement the fabric of New Orleans but as a 'sustainable icon' which would be forever anchored by its coastline.

Key Facts

Status Concept design
Value 0(m€)
Were you involved in this scheme?
Ahearn Schopfer

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