Rebuilding New OrleansVisions for the Future

Design concept for restored New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, photo.
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Following Katrina, more than 90 percent of New Orleans' 1,300-acre (526-hectare) City Park was under water and about a thousand trees were toppled. This concept of a restored park, offered by Dutch urban planning firm West 8, envisions a "Miniature Delta," with two million new trees, large lily ponds, promenades, and a meandering stream it calls "The Jordan."

The National Building Museum helped bring "Newer Orleans" to the U.S. as part of its "Building in the Aftermath" series, a forum for exchanging reconstruction and planning ideas in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The exhibit will be at the museum's headquarters in Washington, D.C., until July 30, when it will travel to museums in other U.S. cities, including New Orleans.

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