Biloxi Studio - Bayou Auguste Restoration

As an outgrowth of partnership between Eran Ben-Joseph’s 2008 East Biloxi Studio and Mississippi State University Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS), a neighborhood wetland park in Biloxi MS was completed in February. Initially  suggested, designed and planned by MIT and MSU students, the idea became part of a larger community effort.  It resulted in the transformation of a neglected bayou in an historically under-valued neighborhood into a constructed wetland nature park that has increased environmental stewardship and formed lasting partnerships.  

What began as a group of students canoeing down a bayou four years ago, culminated with Lisa Jackson, the EPA Chief Administrator choosing the bayou as the site for a media event to stand in front of TV cameras with a group of school children and say, "this is exactly the type of community project EPA hopes to see all over the country."

Bayou Neighborhood Wetland Park Report

This project implements part of a community plan for East Biloxi, a low-income, racially-mixed community devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The design team secured multiple grants, leading a partnership of the City of Biloxi, the Biloxi Housing Authority, the Biloxi Public School District, and a local land trust, to leverage grant funds with in-kind and volunteer labor.