artikel Built Environment mei 2014

Over het project 'New Orleans' is een artikel gepubliceerd in 'Built Environment'. Het is een verhaal gezamenlijk geschreven door David Waggonner, Nanco Dolman, Derek Hoeferlin, Han Meyer, Pieter Schengenga, Sabien Thomaesz, Jaap van den Bout, Jaap van der Salm en Chris van der Zwet.

Publicatie 15 mei 2014, Amersfoort


After the catastrophe caused by hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans architects and engineers started a process to develop an integrated and comprehensive urban water management plan. During five years, a group of American and Dutch designers, engineers, planners and scientists worked together to develop a new approach for the water management system in the metropolitan area. The plan proposes a system which is different from the pre-Katrina system in two ways. First, instead of a continuing soil subsidence, the new water system will result in a stabilization of soil- and groundwater levels. Second, instead of separating urban districts and downgrading public spaces, the new water system will contribute to new spatial quality and coherence of the urban fabric. The plan shows that innovative water management strategies not only improve protection against flooding, but also create new perspectives for the spatial, social and economic future of the delta city. The most innovative aspect of the plan is the way in which hydraulic engineering, spatial design and governance are related to each other from the regional to the neighbourhood scale.

Meer informatie over ‘New Orleans after Katrina: Building America's Water City’ op de website van Alexandrine Press.

Aanvullend is het 'Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan' ook als app te verkrijgen in iTunes Store, voor wie meer info over het plan wil.