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CSED Presents at the Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium This Friday, Nov. 9 - Join Us!

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Join CSED and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation for a series of important discussions about community recovery during the Tom Dent Congo Square Symposium on Friday, November 9 at Basin Street Station, 501 Basin Street, New Orleans.

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.

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.

Recovering Disrupted Sites
Presented by the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development (CSED)

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Disrupted Sites: From Disaster to Recovery
Here and around the world, communities have been disrupted by disasters both natural and man-made. Especially in urban America, people of color often have not been able to participate in their own recovery. Our presenters discuss cities that have experienced massive disruptions – and share successful strategies for rebuilding the urban environment with dialogue and inclusiveness.

Moderator and Presenter: Glenn LaRue Smith, ASLA,  Smith + Murray Studios, Washington D.C.

Diane Jones, ASLA, DesignJones LLC, New Orleans and Baltimore
Douglas Williams, University of Illinois
Philip Gallegos, University of Colorado Denver

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Losing Ground: Disappearing Coastlines – and Urban Centers
Louisiana is ground-zero for land loss both literal and figurative. We’ve got the highest rate of coastline disappearance in the nation, and our largest city has suffered one of the greatest disruptions in modern history. How can communities of color address catastrophic events and the opportunities that come with rebuilding?

Moderator: Happy Johnson, National Wildlife Federation

Charles Allen III, Director, Mayor's Office of Environmental Affairs and Coastal Programs, New Orleans
Matilda Tennessee, Director, Limitless Vistas, New Orleans
Rev. Tyrone Edwards, Zion Travelers Cooperative, Phoenix and Plaquemines Parish
Dr. Earthea A. Nance, University of New Orleans

11:30 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Opening the City: How to Design and Build the Place We Want for Living
How do we build the livable city of the near future? By including all of the people in re-imagining and rebuilding the urban environment. Ideals of the “open city” and the “just city” must be incorporated, along with the skills of design, architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning – which, if used wisely, can help us rebuild in ways that recover lost ground and renew our culture.

Moderator: David Lee, FAIA, Stull & Lee, Boston

Dan Etheridge, Associate Director, Tulane City Center, Tulane University, New Orleans
Lonnie Wilkinson, NOMA, AIA, Dean, School of Architecture, Southern University at Baton Rouge
Jacques Morial, Owner, Enterprise Strategies Public Policy Development & Analysis, New Orleans