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Andrés Duany

Seaside Academic Village

Project Description

The family of house designs known as “Katrina Cottages” was born out of a charrette organized by Andrés Duany at the 2005 Mississippi Renewal Forum in Biloxi.  Duany challenged his design team to come up with an attractive and sustainable alternative to the now stigmatized FEMA trailer.  The design needed to be safe, practical for long-term usage and appealing enough to be a welcome addition to existing neighborhoods.  The concept that became the prototype for future Katrina Cottage variations was a 308 square foot design by Marianne Cusato. 

The Katina Cottages will become Phase I of the Seaside Academic Village.  These 8 cottages were purchased at auction from Mississippi through the Davis Family Foundation.  They will be placed at the north semi-circle end of the Lyceum; an area leased to the Seaside Institute for a renewable 5 year term while funds are raised for Phase II of the Academic Village.  One of the 8 trailers has already been set in a temporary location near the Seaside Community Garden and Learning Center.

Project Specifications

Andrés Duany
Building Name:
Seaside Academic Village
Preferred Name:
Seaside Academic Village, Lyceum
Code Type:
Type V – Special District
Building Type:
Square Footage:
approximately 450


Andrés Duany


Andres Duany is an architect whose work focuses on the planning of communities. He and his wife, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, founded their practice in 1980, at the time of their design of Seaside, which began an ongoing debate on the alternatives to suburban sprawl.

Since then, DPZ, their planning practice, has completed well over two hundred downtown and new town plans. They have particular expertise in writing codes. This work has generally been received with awards and publication. Their firm currently has six partners and employs about 30 persons dedicated to both practice and research.

Andres and Elizabeth were founding members of the Congress for the New Urbanism. They teach Traditional Town Planning at the University of Miami, where Elizabeth is dean of the School of Architecture.

Andres has co-authored three widely distributed books, their most recent is The Smart Growth Manual which describes the problems of American cities and proposes techniques that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

Archive Inventory

Seaside Archives, University of Notre Dame
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