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(continued from page 30) can withstand a major hurricane without "ugly and expensive" pilings. Architect and urbanist Stefanos Polyzoides of Pasadena, California, who led a charrette design team for rebuilding Biloxi, told that city's leaders, "You have two choices, as I see it. Either scrap Biloxi and move north, or create a town that can take a swim every 30 years."

Time is of the essence, warns the document. The best policies, codes, and design criteria must be put in place quickly "so that redevelopment on an appropriate scale can take place just as quickly as sprawl development would." The report says that mayors and other officials will have to take projects under their wing, the Mississippi Department of Transportation will have to be convinced to relocate roads and infrastructure, and builders and developers will have to be persuaded of traditional urbanism's value. Finally, the report urges towns to stay in close contact with each other during planning and rebuilding, so that good "solutions can be duplicated elsewhere in the region."

Resistance

Predictably, the CNU's proposals have met heated resistance. Reed Kroloff, dean of Tulane University's School of Architecture, criticizes a "pattern-book, cookie-cutter

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Designers envisioned an area Wal-Mart built along the street line. Its traditional exterior and small scale would fit in with local neighborhoods.

approach." While agreeing with New Urbanist ideas about creating dense communities sensitive to transit issues, he asserts that "any ideas that can be boiled down to a set of guidelines don't respond to the diversity of human nature and the needs of particular locations. Eric Owen Moss, director of SCI-Arc, says, "The New Urbanists have a priori answers before asking vital questions: What should the vision for this place be?" He points out that the New Urbanists' small town model grew out of 19th-century conditions. "This is a very different time," he says. "To assume that relatively small-scale groupings of people are ideal is to be conservative and pessimistic, believing that people want to live in homogeneous, no-risk, no-tension situations. The uncertainty quotient is a part of making cities." Steve Badanes, a founder of the design/build firm Jersey Devil, says he disagrees with some aspects of New Urbanism, but says, "How can you knock a situation where the governor called in architects, rather than developers, to solve urban problems." Andrea Oppenheimer Dean

Fund established to save Gehry's Ohr-O'Keefe museum in Mississippi

Friends of David Whitney, the respected art curator who died last June, launched a building fund in his honor at New York City's Gagosian Gallery on December 9. It will aid reconstruction of the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, in Biloxi, Mississippi. The museum, designed by Frank Gehry, FAIA, was headed toward a July 2006 opening when it received substantial damage during Hurricane Katrina.

The centerpiece of the 25,000-square-foot museum comprised four podlike gallery pavilions to show the work of George E. Ohr (1857-1918), the famed "mad potter of Biloxi." He is celebrated as one of America's first ceramic fine artists. Ohr made the act of throwing pots a performance, producing colorful vases and bowls pinched and ruffled into shapes of impressive delicacy. Whitney was consulting curator for the museum's inaugural exhibition when he died. He was also a prominent art collector, and the long-time life partner of architect Philip Johnson. "David was a great friend," said Gehry, standing by an architectural model of the complex at the fund launch. "I will do whatever it takes to get this institution back on its feet."

Gehry's design included six twisting, metal-clad pavilions arranged around 26 ancient live oaks on a 4-acre site. The gallery "pods" are like curved silos, and the rest are boxy pavilions with overlapping curved-metal roofs. Gehry used elements found in local architecture, such as porches and open-air belvederes, on each pavilion.

A casino barge blown onshore by the storm crushed a pavilion devoted to African-American folk art and history. The unfinished gallery

The Ohr-O'Keefe was to feature pavilions topped with curved-metal roof, displaying pottery inside.

pods were seriously damaged. The storm also destroyed the Pleasant Reed House, an 1887 "shotgun" house that had been moved to the site. A center for ceramics, which included storm-resistant storage, was only slightly damaged. Pavilions designed to house artists-in-resi-dence and education programs were also damaged. The Ohr pottery collection was off-site during the storm and was not harmed.

Insurance will cover much of the damage, according to Gerald O'Keefe, who was once the mayor of Biloxi and helped launch the museum with a substantial early gift. The David Whitney Fund will specifically aid the reconstruction of the gallery pods. The museum project was budgeted at $30 million. It is unclear how much additional money will need to be raised to upgrade storm resistance. The museum now expects to reopen in about two years. James S. Russell,AIA

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