OJT has designed a housing complex for war veterans and their families in New Orleans, with dwellings arranged to foster social bonding and prevent isolation.
The complex is a 58-unit mixed-use development in an area with a robust history of community-generated change. Bastion is framed by ideas about collective neighborhood development and supportive living environments.
Using the Generations of Hope Community Model – previously applied to put foster children and older caregivers in mutually beneficial living situations – Bastion adapts the potential of intergenerational communities to fill a gap in public and privately-developed veteran housing programs.
The project fosters a protected but inclusive, thriving live/work environment that veterans and their families, retired military, and community members can establish while taking advantage of the resources of the city at large.