Katrina Aftermath

As a call to address the threats and opportunities of living with water, the workshop Building Resilience: Implementing Innovative, Sustainable Flood Mitigation Solutions for the Gulf Coast will gather diverse experts, including keynote speaker Gen. Russel Honoré, in New Orleans February 26 & 27 at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue. Local and global practitioners, policy-makers and community stakeholders are invited to share best practices and initiate community action and policy plans for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. To register and view complete information, visit www.resilienceworkshop.org (no longer online).

Professional development credits will be available for the AIA, LAPELS and, potentially, the USGBC. Lead organizer Dr. Elizabeth C. English, of the Buoyant Foundation Project, seeks to broaden two vital dialogues in this region: the sharing with local practitioners of innovative flood mitigation techniques currently in practice in Europe, and the sharing with local community stakeholders and policy makers of successful strategies for overcoming administrative obstacles and implementing new, sustainable solutions that promote community resilience.

The workshopʼs plenary speakers include a German expert on cascading levee systems, a Dutch expert on amphibious housing, and the long-time chair of the US Army Corps of Engineers National Non-Structural/Flood Proofing Committee. Convening partners, from which many of the panelists are drawn, include: the Buoyant Foundation Project; FutureProof, LLC; Global Green; Groundwork New Orleans; Innovative Green Solutions; the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development; Sustainable Ecosystem Restoration, LLC; the Center for Hazard Assessment, Response and Technology at UNO; Our School at Blair Grocery; the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy; the American Institute of Architects New Orleans Chapter; the Applied Technology Council and the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Ontario, Canada.

An opening reception will be held at the new Rock ʻNʼ Bowl on Carrollton, February 25th. Group-rate accommodations have been arranged at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in the French Quarter. Registration includes all receptions, speeches, panels and lunches. Registration is $225 until February 15th, when the fee will increase to $250. Applications for reduced registration fees from students and those in hardship are welcome.

For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth C. English at 504-717-5098, english@ecenglish.ca; or visit, >www.resilienceworkshop.org (no longer online).

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2 Responses to New Orleans Workshop on Implementing Innovative, Sustainable Flood Mitigation Solutions for the Gulf Coast

  1. This sounds like a great opportunity. I hope there will be more workshops in this region, exploring the same concepts. I wonder how many organizations are hosting similar workshops, as I’m afraid the cost would be a little troubling for me. I look forward to reading a follow-up about the conference!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I think this workshop is great and I am excited to see such innovative thinking take place for real problems that face the world. I live close to the Gulf Coast in Texas so this is a very important subject in my eyes and I look forward to hearing outcomes and ideas generated.

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