LIVING WITH WATER

Dienstag, 3. Juni 2014 - 18:00

Invitation lecture
Waggonner & Ball Architects
LIVING WITH WATER, Urban Resiliency in New Orleans

Watershed Planning, Framework and Scales
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, David Waggonner saw an opportunity for New Orleans to reinvent itself as a sustainable city that embraces its life-blood, water. He developed a process that examines history, soils, biodiversity, infrastructure networks and urban space, along with the forces of water as the foundation for design, communicating the realities of the landscape to designers, leaders and the public to inspire change. He initiated the Dutch Dialogues, an exchange between Dutch design professionals and their American counterparts focused on water-based urban design. Building on the Dutch Dialogues, David subsequently led an international team of experts in the development of the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, which addresses sustainable storm water management at all scales and envisions a city and region that embraces water to improve safety, resiliency and quality of life, as well as to create new economic and development opportunities. Waggonner & Ball recently directed one of the participating teams in Rebuild By Design, creating a watershed-based framework for adaptation and economic renewal in Bridgeport, CT and other mid-sized coastal cities. 

Eidetic Topograhies, Mapping the Past to Design the Future
Inspired by Robert Smithson’s Non-Site projects, James Corner’s landscape studies and beautiful historic maps, Ramiro Diaz uses photography, UAVs, GIS, digital modeling and hand drawings to create images that inform and elicit intuitive responses from designers and the public. Deep research into all aspects of place, including geomorphology, hydrology, gastronomy, topography, and history, provide a foundation for Waggonner & Ball’s urban design and architecture projects.

J. David Waggonner III, FAIA
David Waggonner is president of Waggonner and Ball, an award-winning, internationally active architecture and planning practice located in New Orleans. The firm’s architectural work varies from historic preservation to modern institutional projects, including museums, foundations and educational facilities. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, has taught or lectured at universities and spoken about architecture and sustainable water-based urban design at conferences and forums worldwide.

Jaime Ramiro Diaz, LEED AP
Ramiro Diaz is an architectural designer, planner and photographer, employed at Waggonner & Ball Architects since 2004. He is responsible for the production and manipulation of cartography graphics using GIS software. Through research and experience, Ramiro has become an expert on the history of New Orleans, its architecture, landscape and water systems. He is currently serving as President of the Board for Groundwork New Orleans, a non-profit that implements sustainable stormwater best management practices and trains high school students to be stewards of the environment in partnership with the EPA Brownfields Program and National Park Service.

Sponsors: Fontana Landschaftsarchitektur GmbH, AIA Europe, Green Gartenkultur, Blaser Architekten AG