On the 22nd of September it was announced that H3 STUDIO as the lead of STUDIO MISI-ZIIBI team was selected as one of the three finalist teams to participate in the international design competition entitled "Changing Course: Navigating the Future of the Lower Mississippi River Delta." Team STUDIO MISI-ZIBBI an international, national and local collaboration of experts lead by H3 Studio was chosen after a global search, and will compete in the first phase of a design competition that seeks to develop approaches to restore the delta’s degraded ecosystem – while meeting the needs of navigation, coastal industries and the region’s unique communities and culture. Over the next five months, each team will develop a preferred design for the Lower Mississippi River system with the final designs being intended to assist Louisiana coastal planners and engineers with developing the state’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan.
“In a very strong competition, these winning teams stood out because their experts bridge strong regional knowledge with innovative ideas from deltas around the world,” said Carlton Dufrechou, general manager of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and a member of the Changing Course leadership team. “We are confident these teams have the vision and experience to develop bold solutions for the delta and our people, economy and culture.”
STUDIO MISI-ZIIBI is comprised of 32 carefully selected firms and experts including: H3 STUDIO as team lead, URS, HKV, Robbert de Koning Landscape Architect, Colectivo, Delft University of Technology, Washington University in St Louis, M.I.T., HR&A Advisors, Dynamic Solutions, Bureau Drift Ecological Planning, Coastal Environments, Inc. AEP River Operations, and Louisiana-based experts from Louisiana State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana State University, University of New Orleans, and Tulane University
About Changing Course: Changing Course is a design competition aimed at developing innovative solutions to rebuild and protect the Louisiana coast. It is supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, Shell, Blue Moon Fund, Greater New Orleans Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Selley Foundation and The Walton Family Foundation; with leadership support from Van Alen Institute, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes the power of design to transform cities, landscapes and regions to improve people’s lives, and Environmental Defense Fund, which has 30 years of experience in the Mississippi River Delta region; and with technical support from BuroHappold Engineering, a worldwide consulting and engineering firm.More information on Changing Course is available at www.changingcourse.us. Follow Changing Course on Twitter at @ChangingCourse and on Facebook at facebook.com/ChangingCourse.us.