Reimagining Risk: New Orleans
Matthew Berman and Andrew Kotchen, Allen Eskew, Carey Shea
Introduced and moderated by James Russell
April 3, 2008Post-Katrina, the need to rebuild has provided the catalyst for architects and planners both to restore and re-envision New Orleans’s urban landscape. Underpinning their efforts is the research and support provided by a growing and increasingly interconnected network of social agencies and philanthropic organizations. Is there visible progress? What initiatives have been successful? Why have some design schemes failed? What short-term solutions hold promise? What is the long-term picture for the preservation, restoration, and rebuilding of New Orleans?
Part 1 of 4: James S. Russell, who has written extensively about New Orleans as architecture critic for Bloomberg, provides an overview of current work in New Orleans. Following, Carey Shea, who spearheaded the Rockefeller Foundation’s assistance to planning efforts in New Orleans and who is now senior program director of the Community Revitalization Program at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, discusses current efforts, particularly the development of the Unified New Orleans Plan and Community Revitalization Fund.
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