Shaping the City: New Orleans

This edition of Shaping the City: A Forum for Sustainable Cities and Communities is organised by the European Cultural Centre in collaboration with NANO Architects.

Following the success of the previous editions in Venice and the United States, the first edition of Shaping the City in New Orleans is scheduled to take place on the 5th and 6th of October 2023 at the AIA Center for Design and Ogden Museum.

The overarching mission of Shaping the City is the sharing of knowledge, best practises, as well as stimulating new international collaborations and actions for our threatened cities and communities.

Shaping the City New Orleans will look into a new lens, “Designing for Climate Emergency”, and will bring together planners, academics, architects and politicians to share about how they are designing effective solutions to preserve the future of their cities. With these different approaches yet common threats, Shaping the City New Orleans presents an opportunity to discuss new research and diverse architectural and planning solutions proposed by these two cities. The conversations are tailored around two main subthemes:

  • Catalysing Urban Climate Resilience
  • Environmental Justice and Climate Change 

Climate change is among the most significant challenges facing major cities worldwide. From floods and hurricanes to wildfires and desertification, extreme weather circumstances are growing in number and impact. These threats are magnified in coastal cities such as Venice and New Orleans, both of whose low-lying geography make them particularly vulnerable to the threat of rising sea levels and extreme weather events. As a city with a unique history, geography, and urban fabric, New Orleans provides a rich and complex framework for examining the relationship between cultural legacy and sustainable urban development through the lens of environmental justice.

5 October to 6 October 2023
AIA New Orleans Center for Design
1000 St Charles Ave
70130 New Orleans, LA
NANO, European Cultural Centre
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