Louisiana Speaks Pattern Book  

The Pattern Book contains patterns and techniques for building housing, neighborhoods, and towns at a greatly accelerated pace while remaining true to the values and traditions of the people of Louisiana. It also provides guidance on incorporating hazard-resistant design and improved construction techniques into the built landscape.

Community Patterns
The Community Patterns presented in this section describe the role that individual buildings can play in creating neighborhoods and towns, in continuing the local traditions of each region, and in fulfilling the goals defined in the planning charrettes and community workshops.

Architectural Patterns
Individual builders and homeowners, as well as production house builders and developers, will find the Architectural patterns presented in this section of the Pattern Book useful as they rebuild Louisiana's neighborhoods and towns. This chapter includes information on sustainable design and green building techniques, as well as designs for houses, row houses, small apartment buildings, and mixed-use buildings.

Louisiana Vernacular
The early settlers of Louisiana, who arrived by water, brought with them their culture, lifestyle, religions, and methods of building and developed a unique architecture in response to the climate and geography. In this Pattern Book, we call this indigenous style Louisiana Vernacular.

Louisiana Victorian
The Victorian style was a national style that achieved widespread popularity in the United States between 1860 and 1900. The Louisiana Victorian style is based on simple, elegant forms that have been adapted for smaller houses.

Louisiana Classical
Although the Louisiana Classical style includes influences from the earlier Greek Revival style, it is primarily based on Classical and Colonial Revival style houses from the early 20th century. Significant examples of houses from this period can be found throughout South Louisiana.

Louisiana Arts & Crafts
The Louisiana Arts & Crafts style is characterized by broad, open porches, roofs with deep overhangs and exposed rafter tails, asymmetric compositions, grouped windows with a variety of upper muntin patterns, expressive trim, and ornamental brackets.

Respecting the role of innovation, this style section takes a slightly different approach than the pages for the traditional styles presented previously in the Pattern Book. While the traditional style sections provide patterns based on conventions, the Modern style section sets three basic performance criteria for innovative designers.

Demonstration Plans
On the following pages, we present a collection of houses, some manufactured, some using conventional wood frame, and some using the SIP panel method. These houses have been designed by various architects and are illustrative of the patterns presented in this book.

Despite incredible natural diversity, the Louisiana landscape possesses a visual unity that makes it cohesive, that gives it the distinctive quality that those who live here recognize as home. Nature and culture are perhaps nowhere as entwined as in Louisiana. And because of the character of its early settlers -- indigenous people, French, Spanish, African, and others --that connection has persisted into the present. In considering Landscape patterns for recovery the traditional relationships between people and the
land are important to keep in mind.

Glossary of Terms; Resources

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