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New Orleans Arcology


My ninja, please!

Yes, that says New Orleans in the title – this building isn’t proposed for Dubai or China, but instead for a location right on the Mississippi riverfront. The 1,200 foot-tall, 30 million square-foot pyramid-like structure would house 20,000 residential units, three hotels, 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space, cultural facilities, offices, a 20,000 square-foot healthcare clinic, and three casinos.

Dubbed ‘NOAH’ [New Orleans Arcology Habitat], is essentially a city within a city – functioning as a completely self-sustaining [supposedly] urban environment [hence the term ‘arcology’]. From the project’s YouTube page:

Tangram 3DS, a firm specializing in visualization and computer animation, announced its collaboration with E. Kevin Schopfer AIA, RIBA. Together, the companies have designed and presented a bold new urban platform. New Orleans Arcology Habitat (NOAH) is a proposed urban Arcology (architecture and ecology), whose philosophic underpinnings rest in combining large scale sustainability with concentrated urban structures, and in this case a floating city.

Tangram 3DS worked with Schopfer to visualize this unique concept and structure. Starting from basic sketches, Tangram 3DS transformed Schopfers ideas into visuals and an animation. Our work helps Kevin convey his concept to the City of New Orleans, investors, the media, and public, said Stefan Vittori, president and founder of Tangram 3DS, LLC. To be able to visualize a design project in 3D and through animation is absolutely vital when attempting to sell a design concept that may at first glance be hard to grasp, adds Vittori.


This is obviously an example of ‘paper architecture’, but I wonder – should we believe in a future for these kinds of projects? For starters, I find it hard to believe that a ‘post 9-11’ US will even seriously consider a project of this size for quite a long time. But all that aside, are these types of mega-structures a good idea? My having read Ballard‘s High Rise makes me think definitely not – but at some point, in order to preserve land and reduce sprawl, with these kind of projects be necessary? Will cities look like something out of Star Wars or the Fifth Element – so large and tall that people are unaware of the ‘natural’ ground level?

Anyways – ridiculous, nonetheless.

.:first seen via-> DVICE

Posted: September 3rd, 2009
at 10:18am by orangemenace

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Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,urban/master planning,towering pagodas,videos

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