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NEW ORLEANS ARCHITECTURE & URBAN PLANNING: LESSONS ON ADAPTABILITY FOR OVER 300 YEARS 

New Orleans’ urban landscape has always evoked romantic musings. From the wrought iron of the “French Quarter,” (which is Spanish in design) to the practicality of Creole cottages in a subtropical climate, to the working class retirement plan that shotgun houses represent to so many, New Orleans has, for over 300 years, mixed adaptive reuse with a healthy dash of love of color, whimsy, and irreverence to create an important linchpin of its cultural identity. 

As a model of historic preservation, New Orleans remains important and relevant, but it is also a 21st Century laboratory for practical land use principals. Let’s explore New Orleans architecture and land use as we take a virtual tour of its neighborhoods. Tour guide Linda Santi will discuss how New Orleans history has informed its building design into this century; how its culture has influenced its architecture; and how rebuilding challenges faced by a town that was 80% destroyed by the levee failures of 2005 has led to rebirth, as well as to inevitable tensions between competing interests. 

Linda can speak to the architecture of the many unique New Orleans neighborhoods, but also as someone who has lived in two iconic New Orleans homes: the Doullut Pilot House, a rare Gulf South example of “steamboat gothic” architecture, and a Frank Gehry-designed “Make It Right” postdiluvian house - both in the Lower Ninth Ward section of New Orleans. 

THURSDAYS, OCTOBER 3 AND 10; 6 TO 7:30 P.M. 

Location: Dr. Robert E. Dunker Student Center, Room W108, Entrance 12, Parking Lot 3 
Fee: $10 / Max: 40 / Min: 6
Lifelong Learning membership required 
Course #20/FY-CPDV-3002-01

 

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