On Friday, Oct. 7, theGraduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation will host a day-long symposium, "Katrina and Urban Policy: Rights, Risks and Redevelopment."
Hurricane Katrina's catastrophic impact on New Orleans and the surrounding region have exposed weaknesses in U.S. urban policy -- if not the fabric of our society as a whole. In an effort to better understand the implications for past and future policy, this day-long symposium will bring together practitioners and academics from a wide range of urban-related fields in the hope of building a broad, solid foundation for future action.
The event will be held in Wood Auditorium of Avery Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
"Rights and Risk" – 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This panel discussion will explore the effects of urban housing and other policies that separated and concentrated disadvantaged communities in New Orleans and amplified the hurricane's impact on them. Do these policies constitute a human rights violation and if so, how can they be addressed and improved?
"Redevelopment" – 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
This panel will explore urban policies that will directly affect the manner in which New Orleans and the surrounding region will be redeveloped. What are the major redevelopment issues and how should policies be altered to better serve and protect its residents in the future?
The symposium initiates a series of public forums, "The Katrina Dialogues," organized by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) in collaboration with the Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) and Urban Planning Program (UP) and Urban Technical Assistance Project (UTAP) of GSAPP.
For more information see: http://www.arch.columbia.edu/events or contact Ben Prosky, director of special events, GSAPP, at 212-854-9248.