Famed Urban Planner Andrés Duany To Address Riverfront Alliance

NEW ORLEANS – Neighbors First for Bywater and The Friends of The Riverfront Alliance of Neighborhood Organizations present Mr. Andrés Duany in a rare speaking engagement on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at Holy Angels, 3500 St. Claude Ave. (at Gallier Street), in Bywater, at 6:00 p.m.

         Duany, a world-renowned American architect and urban planner, will talk about the new Draft Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO).

         Duany, a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, is also the co-founder and emeritus board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), established in 1993. Duany has worked as visiting professor at many institutions, holds two honorary doctorates and has co-authored five books including “Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream,” “The New Civic Art,” “The Smart Growth Manual,” “Garden Cities” and “Landscape Urbanism and Its Discontents.”

         Duany was featured in the Times Picayune in January 2009 for his “Katrina Cottage” Bywater prototypes designed as an updated version of the popular Shotgun house. Reporter Doug MacCash wrote, “Duany, who as a chief proponent of New Urbanism is perhaps the most distinguished — and sometimes disdained — urban planner of our time, designed the houses to be woven seamlessly into the small-scale, low-tech, historic architecture of New Orleans neighborhoods… He's come to believe that New Orleanians so love their city as-is that they fight a collective rear-guard battle against any alteration — any.”

         Duany told MacCash, “People here have a fantastically good thing going. It's a sophisticated Byzantine society in full passive resistance against change.”

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