Waterline: The future of alluvial urbanism in New Orleans

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dc.contributor.advisor Hight, Christopher
dc.creator Beard, Natalia 2009-06-03T21:08:05Z 2009-06-03T21:08:05Z 2007
dc.description.abstract Throughout the history of New Orleans the paradigms of mechanical and fluid were projected as opposing modes of thought in the attempts to render the inhospitable dynamic site suitable for urbanization. The city's devastation in hurricane Katrina is a reminder that the top-down infrastructural practices have failed to freeze the unstable ground and may have increased the city's vulnerability by encouraging unlimited growth. A reconstruction strategy that perpetuates a mode of occupation irreverent of the fragile geographical reality will inevitably lay the groundwork for future disasters. This thesis seeks to develop an alternative vision by surrendering a high-risk area in the city to the fluvial landscape. As a system of passive water management controls interspersed with islands of resilient program, the new territory will be a catalyst for the city's recovery between major catastrophic events by alleviating seasonal flooding and operating as a bio-remediation filter for toxic runoff.
dc.format.extent 83 p.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Landscape Architecture
Urban and Regional Planning
dc.title Waterline: The future of alluvial urbanism in New Orleans
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text Architecture Architecture Rice University Masters Master of Architecture
dc.identifier.citation Beard, Natalia. (2007) "Waterline: The future of alluvial urbanism in New Orleans." Masters Thesis, Rice University.

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