New Orleans to Explore Dutch Approach to Water Management

A local firm is leading an effort in New Orleans to manage the city's water more like the Dutch.
June 10, 2011, 8am PDT | Nate Berg
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Architect David Waggonner has been working to learn from the Netherlands and its water management, and now his firm has won a competition to rethink the way New Orleans manages its water.

"Overall, Waggonner's goal is to encourage his city to follow the lead of the Dutch, who use water-control strategies that emulate natural systems rather than relying solely on dikes and barriers. "We in New Orleans have the opportunity to become a more resilient ecological city," Waggonner says.

Now, his firm has been tapped for a project that could have major impact. In March, Greater New Orleans (GNO), an economic development agency comprising a variety of stakeholders, announced that a proposal by an international team led by Waggonner & Ball had won the design competition for a water-management strategy for the Crescent City."

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Published on Monday, June 6, 2011 in Architectural Record
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