New Orleans: A Prophetic City Rockefeller Study Center Bellagio July 2010
 
Cit-i-zen of citeien, cit é, city An inhabitant of a city or town; esp: one entitled to the rights and privileges of a fre...
At-tach-ment Affectionate regard belonging identity ‘sense-making’ meaning opportunity choice
Misanthropy: un-natural Patriarchy:  uncontrollable Pathology:  sick, a problem Theology: sinful Morality: bad Morphology:...
Re-sil-ience An ability to recover or adjust easily to misfortune or change
Definitions of Resilience   Resilience   Physical Science   Economic   Mental health   Sociopolitical  Social Psychology  ...
Self-organization Cyclical forming/joining: feedback loops, increased differentiation and diversity hence capacity to adap...
 
A ‘problem’ in a city …
is work that still needs doing
 
 
 
Definitions of Resilience
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
www.theneworleansinstitute.org
What if we stopped treating symptoms of disconnection and instead focused our resources on  catalyzing connections ?
 
 
Systems/Capital in a City Financial Social Bonding Bridging Spiritual Natural Cultural
How  prophetic  before <ul><li>Disconnected from the local </li></ul><ul><li>Public policies/investments driven by distant...
After: the ‘perverse opportunity’ <ul><li>Self organization emerges: education, economy, environment, neighborhoods,  </li...
The cycle continues…
<ul><li>HOPE </li></ul>
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  • 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.
  • Spring 06- message boards become lifelines
  • Timolyn. Neighborhood Partnership Network: LINKS CONNECTIVE TISSUE
  • Pam Broom. Urban Agriculture.
  • Partnership between local community, growers, the university architecture school, faith community HUB
  • Father Vien: 11000 Roman Catholic vietnamese emigrated in the 1970s---
  • Resilient immigrant community -but poor, insular, hard to find links ‘connective tissue’ with other parts of the city
  • Pam Dashiell. Holy Cross Neighborhood Association: Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development. Bayou Bienvenue. Was a wetland/cyprus swamp=== now salinated ---- no access ---bringing it back
  • Matthew D White copyright matthewwhitestudio@gmail.com  
  • Creating a resilient net of connections that feeds innovation and builds resilience
  • Interactions. Processes. Forms of ‘capital’ that interact: FEEDBACK LOOPS that allow a system to adapt and evolve.
  • The cycle continues
  • This ain’t Treme -- more typically modest, well intentioned, idiosyncratic to bridge and catalyze connection - this a Community Choir called Shade of Praise, Christmas concert 2009
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    1. 1. New Orleans: A Prophetic City Rockefeller Study Center Bellagio July 2010
    2. 3. Cit-i-zen of citeien, cit é, city An inhabitant of a city or town; esp: one entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman
    3. 4. At-tach-ment Affectionate regard belonging identity ‘sense-making’ meaning opportunity choice
    4. 5. Misanthropy: un-natural Patriarchy: uncontrollable Pathology: sick, a problem Theology: sinful Morality: bad Morphology: pariah Science: lab Biology: hive Physics: combustion Ecology: ecosystem Re-deem Re-mediate Re-generate Re-habilitate Re-claim Re-vitalize Re-store Re-build Re-new Re-birth
    5. 6. Re-sil-ience An ability to recover or adjust easily to misfortune or change
    6. 7. Definitions of Resilience Resilience Physical Science Economic Mental health Sociopolitical Social Psychology Services Civic Cultural Indigenous Environment Psychology Ecology
    7. 8. Self-organization Cyclical forming/joining: feedback loops, increased differentiation and diversity hence capacity to adapt, course correct,and be resilient, non-hierarchical, non-linear
    8. 10. A ‘problem’ in a city …
    9. 11. is work that still needs doing
    10. 15. Definitions of Resilience
    11. 50. www.theneworleansinstitute.org
    12. 51. What if we stopped treating symptoms of disconnection and instead focused our resources on catalyzing connections ?
    13. 54. Systems/Capital in a City Financial Social Bonding Bridging Spiritual Natural Cultural
    14. 55. How prophetic before <ul><li>Disconnected from the local </li></ul><ul><li>Public policies/investments driven by distant priorities/decision-makers </li></ul><ul><li>Degraded natural assets </li></ul><ul><li>Disrupted neighborhoods </li></ul><ul><li>Structurally supported divisions by race, ethnicity, and class </li></ul><ul><li>Export economy extractive and exploitive: oil/gas, fisheries, tourism and gambling) </li></ul><ul><li>Chronic disinvestment in infrastructure </li></ul>
    15. 56. After: the ‘perverse opportunity’ <ul><li>Self organization emerges: education, economy, environment, neighborhoods, </li></ul><ul><li>Communities form ‘hubs’ and ‘links’ </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate ‘connective tissue’ </li></ul><ul><li>No single solution, no simple answers, no outside experts with a magic bullet, scarce resources bred improvisation to create indigenous resilience to absorb the next shock…. </li></ul>
    16. 57. The cycle continues…
    17. 58. <ul><li>HOPE </li></ul>

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