New Orleans, LA
La Salle Street Market
La Salle Street Market
URBANbuild is a design/build program in which teams of students take on the design and construction of prototypical structures for New Orleans neighborhoods. Following the successful design and construction of seven homes in New Orleans, five of which were built in Central City, the eighth annual URBANbuild studio further strengthened the program’s relationship with the neighborhood of Central City. At the invitation of the Harmony Neighborhood Development Corporation, the studio sought to initiate the commercial revitalization of the area’s once-vital and historically significant La Salle Street corridor. The result was the development and fabrication of a set of Community Place Makers—a set of mobile architectural units that may be used for a variety of purposes, including event space for community markets and festivals. The units’ mobility allows for an interactive change in the use of the site and for future displacement into the community.
Project Details
  • Region
    • South
  • city
    • New Orleans, LA
  • new section
    • Central City
  • Project size
    • 1/4 Acre
  • Project Cost
    • $100,000 (not including student labor)
  • Project Status
    • Completed
Strategies Implemented
  • Respond to conditions of blight and decay by designing a public space that serves the needs of neighborhood residents and inspires progress and growth in Central City.
  • Respond to conditions of poverty and crime (resulting from limited economic opportunity) by designing a public space that empowers residents with opportunity for economic development.
  • Allow for maximum versatility and opportunity by designing an adaptable site that can be configured in multiple arrangements for different modes of economic and cultural development as well as adaptable units that can be reconfigured for different programmatic uses
  • Harmony Neighborhood Development worked with interested vendors not only by providing space for their businesses but sought out grants to also provide small business development training to ensure that owners could sustain their businesses in the long-term
  • Harmony Neighborhood Development implemented a simple financial plan that used pod rents to subsidize costs for business operation and property insurance and therefore allowed vendors to focus only on costs to make and sell their products
  • 50% or $50,000: PRIVATE—Supporters of and donors to Tulane School of Architecture
  • 50% or $50,000: NONPROFIT CORPORATION—Harmony Neighborhood Development
  • Project initially began operating on the site on weekends with a "special event" permit as project team determined how to re-examine zoning for long-term operation
  • Project later became legally considered a “landscape artistic installation” as the units are not permanently connected to the earth; units are considered “public furnishings.”
  • It is anticipated that the units will eventually be relocated to engender positive economic development near and around other sites.
  • Progressive, contemporary architectural language and use of unfamiliar materials is now more accepted by residents situated in a more traditional neighborhood.
  • The site now also includes the YAYA Arts Center which is currently under construction directly next to La Salle Street Market. YAYA has been empowering creative New Orleans-area children and youth to become successful adults through education in the arts and entrepreneurship for over 25 years.

New Orleans, 2010

Pop. Loss Since Peak
Peak year: 1960
0 75
2010 Unemployment
0 75
2010 Poverty
0 75
2010 Res. Vacancy
0 75
Population Change
-30 0 15
Unemployment Change
-30 0 15
Poverty Change
-30 0 15
Res. Vacancy Change
-30 0 15