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Beginning in 2010, the Hypothetical Development Organization, founded by G.K. Darby, Ellen Susan and me, set out to recognize, and expand upon, a form of urban storytelling. It works like this: First, we identify a suitable building: Something that appears neglected, and seems to have no immediate prospects for a future use. In short, we choose an unpopular place. Next we devise a hypothetical future for that structure. Specifically, we strive to make this future blatantly implausible: maybe provocative, maybe funny; above all engaging. Then an artist creates a rendering based on the imaginary concept. This is printed onto a 3’ x 5’ sign, modeled on those used by real developers. That sign, finally, goes onto the building.
In December 2010, our stories began to appear around New Orleans. By March of 2011 we had presented ten of them to the public at large. This effort concluded with a display of duplicates of each of the HDO’s initial creations at an art gallery in New Orleans. The project was realized thanks to the efforts of an astonishing crew of contributing artists, with the financial support of far-flung strangers. 

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Beginning in 2010, the Hypothetical Development Organization, founded by G.K. Darby, Ellen Susan and me, set out to recognize, and expand upon, a form of urban storytelling. It works like this: First, we identify a suitable building: Something that appears neglected, and seems to have no immediate prospects for a future use. In short, we choose an unpopular place. Next we devise a hypothetical future for that structure. Specifically, we strive to make this future blatantly implausible: maybe provocative, maybe funny; above all engaging. Then an artist creates a rendering based on the imaginary concept. This is printed onto a 3’ x 5’ sign, modeled on those used by real developers. That sign, finally, goes onto the building.

In December 2010, our stories began to appear around New Orleans. By March of 2011 we had presented ten of them to the public at large. This effort concluded with a display of duplicates of each of the HDO’s initial creations at an art gallery in New Orleans. The project was realized thanks to the efforts of an astonishing crew of contributing artists, with the financial support of far-flung strangers. 

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A Brief History of Architecture Fiction: Implausible Futures for Unpopular Places: Places: Design Observer

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Plans for building Trump Tower in New Orleans are officially dead | NOLA.com
Ah, yes. Our friend Morris Brum lets us know that this particular hypothetical development ain’t gonna happen. No surprise, of course…

Plans for building Trump Tower in New Orleans are officially dead | NOLA.com

Ah, yes. Our friend Morris Brum lets us know that this particular hypothetical development ain’t gonna happen. No surprise, of course…

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“New Orleans is a city that dwells within its own aura, and that aura is one of mystery and uniqueness.” So begins the introduction to writer Jon Newlin and photographer D. Eric Bookhardt’s Geopsychic Wonders of New Orleans, a curious and wonderful collection of evocative photographs and delirious prose first published privately in 1979. A 1992 reprint of the volume given to me by one of the authors became my road map of sorts when I first moved to New Orleans, despite the fact that several of the phenomena mentioned by Newlin and Bookhardt had already disappeared by then. But its practicality is besides the point: it’s more an idiosyncratic survey of New Orleans’ “secret realities” than the ones the visitor or resident can expect to find while walking down the street anyway.

A Geopsychic Tour of New Orleans
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“New Orleans is a city that dwells within its own aura, and that aura is one of mystery and uniqueness.” So begins the introduction to writer Jon Newlin and photographer D. Eric Bookhardt’s Geopsychic Wonders of New Orleans, a curious and wonderful collection of evocative photographs and delirious prose first published privately in 1979. A 1992 reprint of the volume given to me by one of the authors became my road map of sorts when I first moved to New Orleans, despite the fact that several of the phenomena mentioned by Newlin and Bookhardt had already disappeared by then. But its practicality is besides the point: it’s more an idiosyncratic survey of New Orleans’ “secret realities” than the ones the visitor or resident can expect to find while walking down the street anyway.

A Geopsychic Tour of New Orleans

Thx: Rosemary!

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The Lot Next Door initiative, spearheaded by the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, offers buyers as much as $10,000 to restore vacant properties adjacent to their homes, as well as landscaping expertise to help owners turn decrepit parcels into side yards, vegetable gardens and other amenities. The money also can be used to rehab abandoned homes.

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The proposal, which calls for transforming the 1940s Iberville complex in downtown New Orleans into a denser mixed-income neighborhood, with town houses and new low-rise buildings interspersed among the existing three-story apartment blocks, would result in a total of more than 2,400 units of housing on and around the site.

It is one of several finalists vying for a share of $61 million in grants from the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which House Republicans are trying to cut. The federal money would be only a small portion of the roughly $500 million needed to complete the project, but it is the crucial first step in the city’s public-private financing plan to remake Iberville.

If the money doesn’t come through, it will not only be a significant backward step in the rebuilding of New Orleans, it will also short-circuit a promising new model for housing the poor in cities across the country.