Attempting to rebuild the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, exactly at the point where the levies broke, is highly courageous. Since the height and quality of the levies is not sufficient to reduce the risk of flooding, living there means living in permanent danger. In the first phase of this project, 150 houses will be built by thirteen architects. MVRDV's proposal reinterpres the classic shotgun house to be resistant to water. Lifted in different ways, each house has its own quality, adding to the areas diversity while remaining safe.