The Dutch Dialogues: An Interview with Dale Morris and David Waggonner

For years, New Orleans architect David Waggonner has advocated that water is an asset and should be a prominent feature of the urban landscape rather than a nuisance hidden away by pipes and covered canals. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, his firm, Waggonner & Ball Architects, along with APA, helped to convene a series of sessions called the Dutch Dialogues. That process brought together Dutch planners, architects, and engineers alongside their American counterparts to strategize how to improve New Orleans's urban water management by employing natural systems.

In this podcast episode, APA's Emily Pasi talks with Waggonner and Dale Morris, senior economist at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C., about the workshops, designed to teach cities how they can prosper if they learn to work with water.

"The goal was to inspire state and local governments to think differently about how you can live with water and about how safety — and a more sustainable approach — can create nice neighborhoods and attractive places for businesses to invest."

—Dale Morris

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