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National Building Museum Presents "Newer Orleans"

April 29, 2006

As the future of New Orleans is debated, a vision of what a restored New Orleans could look like will be on exhibit at the National Building Museum April 29th through July 30th. Newer Orleans – A Shared Space brings together six Dutch and American architectural firms to reveal their vision for symbolic and shared spaces for the Crescent City. Their works present a blueprint design of a New Orleans with a clearly defined city center and new green spaces that connect to the river.

Each architectural firm was asked to create structures or landscapes to illustrate how architecture could facilitate community, create an urban icon and provide a way for New Orleans to connect back to the land. The firms, MVRDV, UN Studio and West 8 from the Netherlands, and Huff + Gooden Architects, Morphosis, and Hargreaves Associates from the USA designed structures and landscapes at the neighborhood, city and regional level. Through their school, city hall and landscape designs, the architects created communal spaces that unite the city.

Newer Orleans is the latest step in the Dutch government’s efforts to share its experience with the United States. More than two-thirds of the Netherlands is at or below sea-level and the Dutch, with more than 1,000 years of experience, have built a world-class water management system.

The National Building Museum brings Newer Orleans to the United States as part of its Building in the Aftermath series. The series was created in November of 2001 in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th. After the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, the Museum resumed the series to continue the debate about challenges of rebuilding and the implications for architecture, engineering, preservation and urbanism. As the first traveling exhibition in the series, the museum welcomes Newer Orleans following its original public exhibition at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam.

The National Building Museum is America’s premier cultural institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and planning. Chartered by Congress in 1980 and open to the public since 1985, the Museum has become a vital forum for exchanging ideas and information about the built environment through its exhibitions, education programs, and publications. The Museum is located at 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. Public inquiries: 202-272-2448 or www.nbm.org.

For further information about the exhibit, please contact Carla Bundy, Royal Netherlands Embassy, (202) 274-2632 or or Bryna Lipper, National Building Museum, (202) 272-2448, Ext. 3402 or .

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