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.