After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the task of rebuilding a devastated city was far from easy. University of Kentucky lecturer Mike McKay felt the need to go and help with a task that was anything but easy: rebuilding the devastated city. McKay moved to Louisiana for two years to lead the architecture school’s Knoa Studio, a program that tasked studios to develop designs for neighborhoods, restaurants, and the city transit system.
Since 2010, the Serpentine Gallery has commissioned world’s most renowned architects to design a temporary structure to host summer events. The list includes Zaha Hadid, Frank Ghery, Rem Koolhaas, Toyo Ito, Daniel Libeskind, Oscar Niemeyer, Alvaro Siza + Souto de Moura, SANAA, danish artist Olafur Eliasson, and several collaborations with Cecil Balmond and ARUP.