MSRED ADJUNCT LECTURER JASON NEVILLE RECENTLY PUBLISHED IN THE BOOK "NEW ORLEANS AND THE DESIGN MOMENT
Originally published as special issue of the Journal of Urban Design, the recently published book New Orleans and the Design Moment is an edited volume featuring articles exploring the question: what does urban design have to do with a disaster like Hurricane Katrina? Focused on New Orleans, the authors explore different dimensions of the post-disaster design moment, including the politics of physical redevelopment, the city’s history and identity, justice and the image of the city, demolition and housing development, and the environmental aspects of the recovery process.
Tulane School of Architecture's Master's of Sustainable Real Estate Program Adjunct Lecturer Jason Neville co-authored the chapter 'Urban Design and Civil Society in New Orleans: Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies in the Post-Flood Design Moment' which describes the the intimate relationship between public space and civil society in New Orleans, situating the city in the context of other Caribbean Rim planning cultures to better understand strategies that may appropriately build upon New Orleans’ resilient—albeit often marginalized—civil society and cultural history.
As active participants in pre- and post-flood planning efforts in New Orleans, Jason Neville and co-author Geoff Coates (co-founder of the Urban Conservancy) see the city's immense planning challenges as departure points for a hopeful and practical assessment of its transformative opportunities. "In the post-flood New Orleans design moment," they write, "we are learning to dream pragmatically."
- Jason Neville