Global Now: Abstract
Headline: Interstate forms social barrier by dividing New Orleans into social classes
Date: September 10, 2012
Source: Metropolis Magazine
Abstract: Interstate I-10 in New Orleans is seen as poor design as it hardly improves traffic. CNU named the interstate number five on their list of “Freeways without Futures”. I-10 has formed a social barrier in New Orleans separating two economic classes. Students from Tulane were assigned the task of designing the fate of I-10. Some students left the structure and converted it into social spaces while other students tore down the structure completely. One thing most of the students felt that I-10’s real problem is that it serves this social barrier. They worked to design urban plans that would remove the barrier turning the space into a uniting structure rather than segregating. The president and CEO of CNU is lobbying for the transformation of I-10 however the real question is what will the turnpike be turned into that will undo the separation the freeway has caused in New Orleans?
Global Issue: Hierarchy, Values
Primary Design Lens: Urban Planning
Secondary Design Lens: Design for Change