March 29, 2010

Managing Water and Flood Protection
for New Orleans: A New Paradigm

Special media-only background briefing set for April 1

WASHINGTON, DC / NEW ORLEANS — The third meeting of Dutch and American experts on water management, flood protection, sustainable urban design, and urban ecosystems and environmental resilience will convene April 7-11, 2010, in New Orleans. The Dutch Dialogue 3 is part of an ongoing series that brings together Dutch engineers, urban designers, landscape architects, city planners, and soils/hydrology experts; their Louisiana counterparts; and the American Planning Association. This unique workshop brings together experts to focus on how flood protection solutions can incorporate multiple elements — such as urban design and environmental resilience — that interact and result in attractive communities with greater economic value.

Join a special webinar media background briefing on Thursday, April 1.

Learn about the objectives of Dutch Dialogues 3 and the area of focus between the drainage canals, from the lakefront to the French Quarter. A unique, historical, and dynamic corridor, the area in and around Bayou St. John presents an opportunity to explore old and new options for City Park, the Lafitte Corridor, and the neighborhoods and environments between the London Avenue and Orleans drainage canals, including the canals themselves. The Dutch Dialogue 3 team will propose ways to integrate water storage capacity, subsidence, ground and surface water management to limit subsidence, while exploring opportunities to use public lands for economic and environmental needs in the study area.

The media briefing

Thursday, April 1, 2010, at 11 a.m., Eastern time, at

Webinar speakers include

W. Paul Farmer, FAICP
Chief Executive Officer, APA

David Waggonner, AIA
Principal, Waggonner & Ball Architects

Dale Morris
Senior Advisor, The Royal Netherlands Embassy

Femke Smeets
International Affairs Coordinator, The Netherlands Water Partnership

U.S. and Dutch professionals (previous Dutch Dialogues participants)

Learn more about previous Dutch Dialogues at

The outcomes from the Dutch Dialogues 3 will be presented at a public forum during the American Planning Association's National Planning Conference from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 11, at the Hilton Riverside Hotel, New Orleans.

Dutch Dialogues have been developed, organized, and supported by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C., Waggonner & Ball Architects in New Orleans, the American Planning Association, and the Netherlands Water Partnership. Numerous local New Orleans organizations and individuals have supported Dutch Dialogues with monetary and in-kind support.

History of Dutch Dialogues

The first of the Dutch Dialogues was held in March 2008 and initiated a set of a multi-disciplinary, crosscultural interactions designed to explore if, where, and how Dutch approaches to water management, landscape architecture, flood protection, and urban design were relevant to New Orleans as it recovered from Hurricane Katrina.

Dutch Dialogues 2 was held in October 2008 and brought together 60 experts to jointly develop illustrative solutions and design approaches that could make New Orleans more flood-proof, sustainable, resilient, and attractive from both urban design and economic perspectives.

The second Dutch Dialogues spun off similar Dutch-American interactions in New York, Tampa Bay, San Francisco, and internationally in Taipei, Taiwan and Orangestad, Aruba. The  resulting concepts and designs have been the topic of further study at Washington University in Saint Louis, University of Toronto, Tulane University, University of Virginia, University of New Orleans, Delft Technical University (The Netherlands), and Wageningen University (The Netherlands).


Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395;
Carla Bundy, Royal Netherlands Embassy, 202-274-2632;