Designing A New New Orleans

Architects and urban planners start thinking about designing the form of a rebuilt New Orleans.
September 15, 2005, 8am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"Even as the federal government and local developers push to resurrect New Orleans as quickly as possible in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, some architects and urban planners are contemplating the larger question of what form the city should take - whether restored, reimagined or something in between...

Among the questions facing architects are whether the city's footprint should be irrelevant, given that so many residents may not return; whether surviving industries should be pivotal to what is built; whether preservation should trump other priorities; and whether bold new architecture can or should rise from the muck and devastation.

Many experts also warned against moving too quickly, arguing that being away from the city could help residents clarify what was most valued and should be reclaimed. "

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Published on Monday, October 3, 2005 in The New York Times
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