CLIMATE-SMART CITIES:

NEW ORLEANS

CIVIC TECHNOLOGY

Photo: ISeeChange

YEAR

CLIENT

ROLE

TEAM

2016 - 2019

City of New Orleans;

Funded by:

US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development;

Kresge Foundation;

Surdna Foundation

Project lead

Research & strategy

Project management

The Trust for Public Land

ISeeChange

Located at the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico, residents in this delta city know that living in New Orleans is living with water.  Streets and neighborhoods flood during regular rain events, and climate change will only exacerbate this challenge.

 

The problem is hyper-local and typical data sets only tell part of the story.

How can we bring state-of-the-science big data and modeling together with social and demographic information at the scale of action: the neighborhood block?

The Climate-Smart Cities open access digital  tool integrates key environmental and social data at the site.

The tool incorporates crowd-sourced data for real-time readings and lived experience in partnership with ISeeChange.

Photo: Colleen McHugh

Client (New Orleans City Official) uses the Climate-Smart Cities tool to explore neighborhood challenges with residents.

SOCIALIZING THE WORK &

CREATING EXPERIENCES

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Resident Constanza Porsche shares her story of living with water on the stage at our Bring Your Own storytelling event - Pipe Dreams: our flooding visions and nightmares.  Listen for yourself here.

Photo: Jonathan Bachman

The audience listens on.

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A guest listens in the oral storytelling library.

POP-UP EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY

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Pop-up exhibit of flood challenges.

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Pop-up exhibit of flood challenges.

Photo: ISeeChange

Capturing resident input in everyday places.

PRESS

Land + People, 2018

Taking on water

WWNO (radio), 2018

Bring Your Own Presents: ‘No Baggage, Please’

Government Technology, 2018

How New Orleans is Using Maps to Plan for Climate Change

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