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. READ MORE

 

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In seeking to help the New Orleans area become a region that is “living with — rather than against —water,” architect David Waggonner takes his inspiration from the Dutch, who over centuries have perfected the art of living in a low-lying land. These photographs — with scenes from the New Orleans area, at left, and scenes from the Netherlands, at right — are a striking illustration of how Waggonner wants to transform New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Dutch canals are integral to many neighborhoods, while in New Orleans canals and bayous are often unsightly — and out of sight. (Photo courtesy of Waggonner & Ball Architects.)

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