Urban-port development and environmental sustainability
Port-cities on the storm. Discussing post-disaster planning
In times of climate change, port-cities are “on the front line” in facing risks, which are often described as “apocalyptic”. The flooding of the city of New Orleans in 2005 following hurricane Katrina was one of the great catastrophes that an American city has suffered in the last century. Post-Katrina unequal reconstruction is presented here by framing it within a historical perspective in order to highlight how environmental threats had been better tackled in the past, and both the reasons and the ways in which, in contemporary reconstruction, competitive growth has been valued over equity, by directly benefiting those who were already most advantaged.
Climate change; New Orleans; Neo-liberal development; Spatial justice; Planning
Architect PhD, Sapienza University (Rome)