New Orleans Symposium

Louisiana Chapter ASLA Members

Although at a late date, we wanted to inform you of a free symposium in New Orleans, scheduled for this Friday, November 9, and that due to the involvement of one of our faculty members, Assoc. Prof. and Graduate Coordinator, Austin Allen, the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at LSU supports and recommends your attendance.

The registration link is at www.congosquaretalks.info, and following is a brief summary of the event:

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, in collaboration with the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development, presents a Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium on Friday, Nov. 9.

Discussions in the morning will focus on how to incorporate diverse communities into recovery efforts when areas are devastated in various ways. From the Lower 9th Ward being inundated after Hurricane Katrina, to the disappearing coastline in southern Louisiana to Treme being ravaged by demolition and neglect, many communities in our region and nationally are struggling to recover from massive disruptions. We’ll discuss ways communities here and elsewhere are rising to such challenges.

In the afternoon, a series of presenters will provide the latest information on many of the real estate development projects that are either in process or under discussion in and around the historic Treme neighborhood. We’ll hear from the government officials who are leading the way, and from the developers who are investing the area. And we’ll look at how these many projects may provide jobs or other community resources.

A lunch-time discussion will look at the future of the Claiborne Corridor, the historic expanse of Claiborne Avenue. We’ll hear from some of those investing in the area, and their visions for how to revive a once-vibrant section of New Orleans.

Admission to the symposium free. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and a cocktail reception will follow. Seating is limited, so please register in advance here.

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