Welcome to the age of reinvention. Waggonner & Ball Architects have done it this time with their strategy for a comprehensive, integrated water management system for New Orleans. The plan includes the east banks of Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes.
Congrats goes out to these locals for the incredible amount of research and heart that they have put into this overwhelming issue. It has truly prepared them for the task of attacking it on a regional level. Their proposal is a composite of knowledge and experience, to boldly embrace water as an amenity of the delta city in order to keep New Orleans afloat.
The issues in New Orleans are endless. Unique challenges must be addressed such as the climate, hurricane threats, and the infrastructure. With the formation of Dutch Dialogues in 2006 and collaboration with the American Planning Association, Waggonner was able to address issues in New Orleans through the formation of three workshops where Dutch engineers, planners, designers, and soil experts visited New Orleans to develop and discuss potential solutions along with New Orleans’ own.
To address this issue you must first understand the water problem in its full context of infrastructure, geology, history, topogrophy, politics, etc, to create possibilities for the future.
Waggonner & Ball view the water as a positive addition to the city and to the neighborhood. "Their plan for the city includes visible water storage to aid with soil subsidence and flooding. They have also proposed a system to circulate the water in New Orleans by linking canals and major infrastructure. At an even bigger scale, Waggonner & Ball will tackle New Orleans’ water districts and develop them based on the topography, not on the politics. The architects also hope that through pilot projects politicians and residents alike will take notice of the benefits of having water within the city. The full proposal presents a future New Orleans that is actually possible, and could only help the city to stabilize and grow."*
*information received from Archdaily
Brandon E. Young