Two years after Hurricane Katrina, and displaced residents are slowly starting to find their way home in the Gulf region, thanks to initiatives such as the Katrina Cottage or ongoing efforts like Brad Pitt's Make it Right project. But the struggle to find basic goods and services continues. Metropolis Magazine and prefabricated design/build firm Modern Modular have announced a major plan to launch cheap, sustainable, prefabricated retail outlets. In its first phase, the Retail Deployment Initiative (ReDI) will provide 3,000-square-foot structures in five New Orleans neighborhoods still without local access to essentials such as groceries, clothing, telephone, and other communications services/equipment, according to Metropolis.
"The need here is real and immediate," says Peter LaBonte of Modern Modular. "Embedding these 'new general stores' in the communities will help reenergize the neighborhoods of New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast."
Leading architects, designers, and engineers are already signed on, among them architecture, planning, and design firm the Rockwell Group, sustainable architecture firm Unabridged Architecture, and industrial design firm IDEO. Via ::Archnewsnow ::Metropolis Magazine
Above: An abandoned store in New Orleans, September 2007. Image courtesy of Metropolis Magazine.