Housing in the Wake of Katrina

December 2, 2005

The National Building Museum joined the American Planning Association and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) to present a morning symposium exploring the short- and long-term housing issues that governments, planners, and residents of the hurricane-devastated region face.

What were the post-disaster planning issues, and what steps should be taken to better prepare for future disasters? This symposium featured experts fresh from inspection of the ravaged areas as well as experience in disasters overseas.

Speakers included:

Fernando Costa, AICP, Planning Director at Fort Worth, Texas, is leading a special volunteer six-member team of planners assembled by APA in New Orleans to assess the city's needs for developing and implementing plans to guide redevelopment in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Franck Daphnis, President and CEO of Development Innovations Group, Silver Spring, Maryland, expert on international housing and post-disaster planning. He has worked in more than 30 countries, including countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, and devising reconstruction strategies in Pakistan after the recent earthquake.

Laura Steinberg, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans is currently a visiting scientist at The George Washington University Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management. Her research interests include disaster management, risk assessment, critical infrastructure and environmental modeling.

Sue Schwartz, FAICP, President of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and Neighborhood Planning Division Manger, Housing & Community Development in Greensboro, North Carolina, served as moderator.