Report created by the undergraduate and graduate students in Iowa State's Ecological Design Studio (LA302) for the Prairie Creek Recreation Area, Maquoketa, Iowa. Professors: Rogers, C., Shirtcliff B., Schuckert, S. Keywords: Iowa State Landscape Architecture; Ecological Design; Recreation Design; Recreation Planning; Maquoketa
THE CHARGE The Van Alen Institute is partnering with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) to sponsor the FUTURE GROUND competition to develop solutions that address the issue of vacant land in New Orleans. The LA 402 Urban Design course used their competition brief as the point of departure for the studio project. While the issue of vacancy is symptomatic of numerous cities and regions across North America and Europe, as evidenced by the Shrinking Cities Project <www.shrinkingcities.com>, the urbanvoids: Grounds for Change competition for Philadelphia < www.vanalen.org/urbanvoids>, and numerous research projects and design competitions focusing on Detroit, vacancy in New Orleans is characterized by unique conditions and challenges. The menu of approaches to "possible futures" for New Orleans vacant lands spans divergent scales of space (from the vacant lot to the Mississippi Delta,) and time (what can be done today and how to plan for 2050,) demanding interventions that combine social and cultural programming with innovative infrastructural retrofits.