2018 National Planning Conference

Dutch Dialogues and New Orleans: Impact?

Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. CDT

Location: R07

CM | 1.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188072


  • How to understand the processes, goals, and output of Dutch Dialogues — how they changed the New Orleans water paradigm, where they failed, and whether a similar approach would improve their projects
  • How budgeting, appropriation, procurement, and governance processes impede truly integrated, comprehensive urban-water, resiliency, and climate-adaptation projects
  • How to assess whether and how this workshop model is applicable for other United States coastal cities and how to improve its output and on-the-ground impacts


Three Dutch Dialogues were held in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. Supported by the APA, local partners, and the Dutch Embassy, the dialogues brought a new model to designing urban-water management for flood-prone cities, led to the creation of the award-winning New Orleans Urban Water Plan, and formed the basis of numerous neighborhood flood-resiliency projects in New Orleans and elsewhere. The dialogues also partly inspired the APA's "water task force." But have they changed planners' approaches and practices? Have New Orleans and other cities changed how they design and construct water projects? Learn about the governance, planning, and procurement processes that have impeded full realization of the Dutch Dialogues goals and proposals.

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Session Speakers

W. Paul Farmer, FAICP
(presently retired)
Chicago, IL

J. David Waggonner III
Waggonner and Ball
New Orleans, LA

Dale T. Morris
Royal Netherlands Embassy
Washington, DC

Jennifer E. Graeff, AICP
New York City Parks Department
New York, NY

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