Created for the Hypothetical Development Organization in 2011, the Grow House simultaneously references the abundance of vegetated abandoned properties in New Orleans while also conjuring up a futuristic living building.
The Hypothetical Development Organization, founded in 2010, is dedicated to the recognition and extension of a new form of urban storytelling. Members of this organization begin the narrative process by examining city neighborhoods and commercial districts for compelling structures that appear to have fallen into disuse —“hidden gems” of the built environment. In varying states of repair, these buildings suggest only stories about the past, not the future.
As a public service, H.D.O. invents a hypothetical future for each selected structure. Unlike a traditional, reality-based developer, however, our organization is not bound by rules relating to commercial potential, practical materials, or physics. In our view, plausibility is a creative dead end. The project opened in New Orleans in 2011 and has since been covered in Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative “Cleveland Stories;” Design Observer/Places; BoingBoing; Bookslut; Archetizer; Good; Wooster Collective; Core77; State of the Re:Union; Treehugger; Inhabitat; D-Build; C-Monster; Swiss Miss; Josh Spear; PSFK; Coudal.com; HiLobrow; Unbeige.