From “World Landscape Architecture” by Damian Holmes | August 1, 2011.
Grounded Structuration investigates a process for amplifying the potential relationship between the design of the public realm and the politics of community. The design explores how site specific meaning and meaningful experiences can be associated with the retrofitting of infrastructure in New Orleans’ St. Roch community. St. Roch is named after the patron Saint of Good Health, memorializing the community’s auspicious beginning. Ironically, a fragmented drainage network, contaminated soils and blighted properties now threaten the vitality of the once thriving community. Reimagining the community from the ground up is an opportunity to reinvigorate the health of St. Roch.