URBANbuild Local Global: An Innovative Model for Rebuilding and Good Design in New Orleans

SPUR lecture/discussion and book signing with authors Ila Berman and Mona El-Khafif
February 9, 2010, 6:00–8:00 pm
SPUR (San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association)

654 Mission Street, San Francisco CA 94105-4015
Free admission for members; $5 for nonmembers
More info: www.spur.org

Join CCA Architecture faculty members Ila Berman and Mona El-Khafif at SPUR (San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association) for a discussion of their new book URBANbuild Local Global: An innovative model for rebuilding and good design in New Orleans (William Stout, 2010).The book is most notably a documentation of the work of URBANbuild, a program launched by Berman to be a unique, multiscaled laboratory for city research as well as a vehicle to generate innovative design strategies to aid in New Orleans's revitalization and future urban development.

The program primarily focused its investigations on culturally significant neighborhoods central to the core of the city that had been severely damaged, not only by Hurricane Katrina but also by a long history of neglect and urban decay. One of the critical intentions of the program was to tactically operate across a wide range of distinct scales: from the macro-scale of the city to the micro-scale of individual works of architecture. URBANbuild signifies the compression of this spectrum, referring to a progression that spans from urban design to design build, and the complex enfolding of design research with material practices. URBANbuild's multilayered nature thus emerges as a method for collaborative cross-disciplinary dialog, as a resistance to either overly local and ad hoc or overly global and generic solutions for the future development of cities.

URBANbuild Local Global, literally a double-sided book, reconnects local research, analysis, and design for New Orleans with a broader framework that embraces knowledge and experience drawn from comparable world cities.