Dutch Dialogues


Facilitated by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington DC, Waggonner & Ball collaborated with the Dutch National Ministries responsible for infrastructure and water management as well as spatial planning, the Province of South Holland, the Municipalities of Rotterdam and Wageningen, NIROV (Netherlands Institute for Spatial Planning and Housing), Universities at Delft, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, Water Board officials, and private engineering and design firms to improve the design of urban water management in greater New Orleans area. Cosponsored with the Dutch Embassy and the American Planning Association, two workshops were held in New Orleans.

Working from the inside out, the process resulted in innovative practices and ideas to incorporate water into the urban and suburban landscapes, seeking opportunities that increase land value as well as safety at multiple scales: Regional, the Gentilly polder/sub-basin, and the Uptown sub-basin including Central City and the Hoffman Triangle. This process, initiated by Waggonner & Ball, continues with potential to transform land use by focusing first on water.

Waggonner & Ball developed the award winning Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan that the City of New Orleans recently adopted, following directly on the Dutch Dialogues research. Stay up to date and become involved through the project website, livingwithwater.com.


2010, Honor Award, AIA Louisiana
2010, Honor Award, AIA New Orleans

Related Publications

Dutch Dialogues: New Orleans/Netherlands: Common Challenges in Urbanized Deltas, An anthology of writings about the proceedings of the Dutch Dialogues Conferences, 2009   Buy on Amazon   Dutch Dialogues website   
“David Waggonner - Rebuilding New Orleans”, Working with Water Magazine, 2009   
“Celebrate the Water”, Planning Magazine, 2009   
“In the Same Boat”, Planning Magazine, 2008   
“Living with Water as an Asset”, Preservation in Print, 2010   Preservation Resource Center   
“New Orleans”, Connecting Delta Cities: Sharing Knowledge and Working on Adaptation to Climate Change, 2010   Connecting Delta Cities   Download Book    
“Don’t Fight Nature”, Architect Magazine, the official publication of the AIA, 2011   What's Next: Don't Fight Nature   
“Putting the Water to Work”, Planning Magazine, 2010   Planning Magazine   
“Working with Water: Climate Adaptive Design”, Architectural Record, 2011   
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Islands built in Lake Pontchartrain provide storm surge protection and the potential for artificial wetlands
Proposed circulating water system
Outfall canals widened when possible to create public space and water storage