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Planning for the Future

Future Architectures for Louisiana’s Inhabited Barrier Island

Following each storm that ravages the Gulf Coast, many coastal communities face the challenges of where, what and how to rebuild. Throughout its history, Grand Isle has been at the forefront of countless hurricanes, including Betsy, Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, and Isaac, destroying the island’s environment as well as the homes and livelihoods of the people who live there. Yet, Grand Isle’s residents are known for their resiliency, and each time they weathered the storm and immediately began rebuilding.

After studying the unique qualities of Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island, Louisiana State University architecture graduate students designed future projects to serve the needs of the island’s people and ever-changing environment. To read more about these proposed spaces, visit Born on Island, Grand Isle Studio