When Katrina hit, we thought: wouldn't it be great to replace those destroyed homes with solar-cooled, sustainable homes? What a great way to create opportunity out of tragedy. At least one design consultancy is doing just that. FutureProof Design Consultancy is designing sustainable homes, businesses, and schools in the New Orleans area that:
- Adapt proven historical methods of air exchange and cooling, such as transoms and double-hung windows
- Often incorporate solar or solar-ready roofs
- Incorporate rain-water catchment methods and native, water-saving landscaping
- Rely on local knowledge, culture, and materials
- Reuse architectural ornamentation as art
- Account for future resource availability and natural disaster threats
One of the home designs that FutureProof celebrates is the classic "shotgun" house, so named, it is said, because its narrow shape and compact size allows a shotgun to be fired in the front door and through the back. Shown here is FutureProof's Terpsichore house design, which seems to have incorporated some elements of the Charleston Single House.