Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Orleans Under Construction

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 3:18 PM

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We’ve all seen our share of urban plans since the levee failures. From the dubiously-titled “Bring New Orleans Back” committee report and the New Orleans neighborhood rebuilding plans to the United New Orleans Plan and the ongoing debate surrounding the city’s proposed master plan, thousands of locals have participated in the planning process for rebuilding New Orleans.

Still, how much do we really know about what goes into a master plan?

Starting on Friday afternoon and continuing through Saturday, Tulane University will host a conference, “New Orleans Under Reconstruction: The Crisis of Planning.” Organized by professors from Tulane’s School of Architecture, the conference is focused on the progress the city has made so far, overcoming obstacles that have slowed rebuilding and advancing future visions for New Orleans. The conference will also tackle a number of other issues connected to planning such as water management, housing equity, contemporary design and green building, cultural landscapes and citizen activism.

A number of prominent panelists — including David Dixon from the Goody Clancy architectural firm, which has been designing the New Orleans master plan and Ray Manning, a prominent local architect, who has also worked on the city plan — will be offering their expertise and insight into the difficult-but-critical process of rebuilding New Orleans in the present and the future.

The conference is free and open to the public. For more information, visit New Orleans Under Reconstruction.

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