10 Feb 2014: Photo Essay

In Flood-Prone New Orleans, an
Architect Makes Water His Ally

As these photographs and illustrations show, architect David Waggonner has decided that the best way to protect low-lying New Orleans is to think about water in an entirely different way.

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This is fantastic! The work seems to fully acknowledge and address the infrastructure-based problems of New Orleans and proposes solutions drawing on existing work. I wonder though, how strongly these proposals are based on the Dutch approach? The frequency and scale of water surges is quite different when bordering the North Sea as opposed to the open Atlantic. It seems that New Orleans experiences more dramatic and quicker water level changes than does the Netherlands. Also, does the city or state actually have the money to implement these changes? If so, when is their anticipated completion?
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