Biloxi Model Homes, Mississippi

Since Hurricane Katrina, Architecture for Humanity has been working throughout the Gulf Coast to help families repair and rebuild their homes. Our funding has supported everything from property surveys, to assessments to creating construction guidelines and standards to the design and construction of homes. Through this program the rehabilitation of hundreds of partially destroyed housing stock is under way. However, for true long-term reconstruction we need to address the way we build in hurricane prone communities.

The goal of the Biloxi Model Home program is to provide design services and financial assistance for the construction of homes that for families in Biloxi, Mississippi whose houses were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Families are paired with a team of professional designers who work with them one-on-one to design a new home for their property that is not only affordable but is also sustainable and meets the area's new building requirements.

BILOXI MODEL HOME PROJECTS:
Parker Residence design by Brett Zamore Design
Nguyen Residence design by MC2 Architects
Tran Residence design by MC2 Architects
Desporte Residence design by CP+D Workshop
Robinson Residence design by Huff & Gooden Architects
Tyler Residence design by Marlon Blackwell Architect
Odom Residence design by Gulf Coast Community Design Studio

The pilot program is unique in that it offers families the opportunity to work one-on-one with architects and design professionals giving them access to expertise and design talent. Using the latest in materials research, disaster mitigation and sustainable building techniques, we see this as an opportunity for architects to help set the bar for new construction in the area. These designs address sustainability not only from a material and energy use stand point but in a community development sense as well. Setting standards of design and construction at such a critical scale impacts the life of the community itself. By rebuilding responsible homes in a devastated community families have a real base for contributing to the reestablishment of their community, rather than just getting by until the next disaster.

This program approaches reconstruction in a mode that facilitates good design solutions by standardizing processes and partnership strategies as opposed to standardizing design. By this method disaster response programs may be established prior to disaster to allow effective relief in the critical time necessary.

To jump start the program, Architecture for Humanity invited twelve established local and national firms to create proposals for homes that meet the new challenges of disaster-mitigation in the post-Katrina environment. In August 2006 these firms participated in a House Fair. The event was open to the public, but also served as a vehicle for seven participating families to meet and talk with the architects one-on-one and select a design team with which to work.

Through out the construction of these 7 homes different construction methods and materials were proposed and tested. The results of the near complete program provide community building partners with valuable resources.

In addition to sponsoring the Model Home program, Architecture for Humanity collaborated with the East Biloxi Coordination Relief and Redevelopment Agency, Hands On Gulf Coast and the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio to bring volunteer designers and architects to East Biloxi and provide support for continuing rebuilding efforts.

For more information, visit http://architectureforhumanity.org/programs/biloxi-model-homes
Biloxi Model Home Program, Mississippi
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Biloxi Model Home: Schwartz Residence photo taken by Leslie Schwartz
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Biloxi Model Home: Schwartz Residence photo taken by Leslie Schwartz
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Biloxi Model Home: Parker Residence photo taken by Alan Richardson
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Biloxi Model Home: Parker Residence
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Biloxi Model Home: Tran Residence photo taken by Nicole Nowak
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Biloxi Model Home: Tran Residence photo taken by Nicole Nowak
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Biloxi Model Home: Desporte Residence photo taken by Nicole Nowak
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Biloxi Model Home: Odom Residence photo taken by John Dwyer
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