Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans


Thursday, February 3, 2011, 4:15pm to 5:30pm


Taubman 301, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA

Professor Robert Olshansky, University of Illinois

About the Seminar
More than five years ago, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, flood waters overtook the city of New Orleans, causing catastrophic property damage and taking the lives of hundreds of area residents. As the water receded and as rescue and relief drew to a close, New Orleanians faced yet another daunting challenge: recovering from one of America’s worst urban disasters.

In this talk, Robert Olshanksy, professor and associate head of urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will discuss his and co-author Laurie Johnson's recently published book, Clear as Mud: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans, which explores the complex and oftentimes contentious planning efforts to rebuild the historic city. A specialist in urban planning with extensive experience studying disaster recovery in both the U.S. and abroad, Olshansky will highlight some of the key issues political leaders and policy makers must grapple with in planning for and executing post-disaster recovery.

Refreshments will be served.

Watch a recording of the presentation here.