Sustainability + Globalization Lecture Series
David Waggonner is the president of Waggonner & Ball Architects, an award-winning design and planning practice located in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also the initiator of Dutch Dialogues, an intercultural, interdisciplinary and intergenerational exchange between Dutch engineering and design professionals and their American counterparts focused on water-based urban design. Over the course of three Dutch Dialogue conferences in the years after Hurricane Katrina, David has articulated a new vision of New Orleans as a delta city living with - rather than against - water to address long-term development of urban character and form.
Building on the Dutch Dialogues, David is currently leading a team of local and international experts to develop a Comprehensive Water Management Strategy for the Greater New Orleans region. Funding for the strategy is provided by the Louisiana Office of Community Development and administered by Greater New Orleans, Inc. The strategy will address sustainable storm water management at all scales, from the drainage system networks down to individual lots, and will include ideas for the creation of supplemental green infrastructure systems based on the hydrologic characteristics of the landscape. Ultimately the team’s goal is to develop a model of sustainable delta urbanism that embraces water in all its forms to improve safety and resiliency, grow the economy and provide public amenities. The plan is scheduled for completion in early 2013.