Quiz for every Torontonian: who is this? Saw city as a complex adaptive system--an ecology. Cautioned me: what are we going to do about New Orleans…..? Bureaucrat. New Orleans will do something about New Orleans. Complex mix of factors: not just the levees breaking.
Organic: growing in an interconnected way….and can evolve depending on diverse variable --flexibly depending on the feedback….dependent connective tissue that links the overal system
Or breaking down ---In a connected way --cities mimic natural systems---- they evolve, grow, and decay in an organic way. New Orleans --like every city --is a living city AND a dying city ----
Those were isolated examples but in any ecosystem these overlay--- many. And we can construct systems in a way that also have the organic capacity to adapt --what is this?
Great challenge of NOLA: LIVING WITH WATER. Previous reliance in engineered solutions: levees. Coastal erosion etc.
80 % of the city, 180,000 housing units. ‘Natural’ Disaster? WHAT FLOODED : River or Lake? Sea level, Rich or poor, White or black. Old or new. Federal highways. Sprawl.
I set out to LISTEN and WATCH AND PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT EMERGED
Becomes a ‘blogger’ -starts a visual record of the destruction of the architectural and domestic diversity/vernacular of the city. Social media revolution in New Orleans: first-hand ‘anecdotal evidence’, on the scene reporting national main stream media realize more reliable source. BLOGGERS and Social Media become very dynamic --but not just about sitting at a computer….
Karen Gadbois. Evacuated on the floor of her van mid course chemotherapy. Dogs. Comes back and starts to see houses beng slated for demolition.