June 14, 2006
Tulane University's Regional Urban Design Center recently received an Honor Award in Planning from the American Institute of Architects - New Orleans, in conjunction with Waggonner & Ball Architects, for their work in St. Bernard Parish.
The Tulane Regional Urban Design Center was established in 1996 to improve the quality of urban environments within the region by addressing critical issues of urban design and land use planning. Housed in the Tulane School of Architecture, the center has been working with the St. Bernard Parish Citizen's Recovery Committee since Hurricane Katrina devastated that parish.
Led by Professor Grover Mouton, the center and local architecture firm Waggonner & Ball created a Recovery Action Plan for St. Bernard. Through the Citizen's Recovery Committee, members of the community were able to work directly with the architects and Tulane students, offer ideas and feedback, and take an active role in the recovery of their parish. The center's final plan was presented to the St. Bernard Parish Council in April.
The plan prioritizes infrastructure repair and development and creates new connections with the river. It treats both renovated and new housing as a critical priority, locating single family and higher density housing that will help fuel the recovery as existing housing stock is renovated, removed, or raised.
According to Mouton, however, the true value of the plan is its identification of both private and civic projects that, if funded, can lead the citizens on the path to a new St. Bernard. The parish council has reviewed the center's plan and is actively engaged in the pursuit of project-based funding through the Louisiana Recovery Authority. The full Recovery Action Plan for St. Bernard Parish can be downloaded at http://www.stbpcrc.com
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