Round Table Discussion and Book Signing for New Orleans: Strategies for a City in Soft Land

Ila Berman, Joan Busquets and Felipe Correa will be in attendance on Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 pm at the Accompanied Library at the National Arts Club, 6C – 15 Gramercy Park South in New York.

Ila Berman is the Associate Dean, an Associate Professor, and the Harvey-Wadsworth Professor of Urbanism at Tulane University’s School of Architecture in New Orleans. Berman is an architect and architectural theorist who holds a Doctorate in Architectural History, Theory and criticism from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Professionally, she is principal of the architectural firm Studio Matrixx, an interdisciplinary design firm.

Joan Busquets is the first Martin Bucksbaum Professor in Practice of Urban Planning and Design at the GSD. Prior to joining the GSD faculty, Busquets was Professor of Town Planning in the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona from 1979 until 2002. A world-renowned urban planner, urban designer and architect, Busquets served as Head of Urban Planning for the Barcelona City Council from 1983 to 1989, and in the preparations for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.

Felipe Correa is Design Critic in Urban Design at the GSD. His current research projects include Cities – 10 Lines: Approaches to City and Open Territory Design in collaboration with Joan Busquets; recent fellowship material includes the Defensive Urbanism Research Series, composed of five workshops conducted at a university level in different urban settings within the Andean region of South America. Professionally, Correa is currently working on two residential projects in Quito that capitalize on loopholes between zoning laws primarily conceived in plan and the city’s robust topography.

The round table discussion will rely on the research of the Harvard Graduate School of Design / Tulane School of Architecture investigation to discuss potential forms of redevelopment in post-Katrina New Orleans. The talk will focus on the relationship of the city with its much larger fluid environment, the distinct forms of infrastructure that have allowed settlement in these grounds, and the future role of infrastructure and development in the reshaping of the city.

Books will be available for sale, cash only, for $35 ($30 for students). Please RSVP to