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Seventh Ward Shade Pavilion

The Shade Pavilion provides a temporary gathering and socializing place while a permanent home is being constructed for the Porch Community Center, an organization committed to sustaining the multitude of cultures in New Orleans. Although located in a garden, the resource center serves its originally imagined function of providing rebuilding assistance through access to tools, information, and instruction in building repair. It also serves as a site for classes in gardening and as a new, highly visible location for neighborhood gatherings of all kinds. Intelligent construction systems, developed for prefabrication in Kansas are deployed in New Orleans as complete sections, and can be expanded upon.

  1. Client: The Porch Community Center
  2. Design/manufacturing team: University of Kansas School of Architecture
  3. United States, 2006
  4. Laminated 3/4” plywood cut by CNC router, mortise and tenon joints, custom steel hardware for hurricane clips, base plates
  5. Dimensions: 12’ h x 12’ w x 16’ d (module)
  6. In use in: United States
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