|Team 3 is one of eight teams in Mission
2010. The main goal of the class is to design the best solution
for New Orleans and its people while considering all aspects of the
city as well as its vulnerability to hurricanes. While many
teams' focus was within the city, Team 3 was primarily concerned with
the area around the city. Our job was to design a plan to not
only prevent further deterioration within the wetlands, but to promote
healthy growth in order to optimize the functions the wetlands serve
for the city.
city of New Orleans
was established in the 1700s. Early
settlers viewed the wetlands as
wastelands, unsuitable for building and therefore useless to the
area. The wetlands were drained and
filled to give them a more economic value for the city.
in the 1930s,
major levee construction
all the Mississippi River began. Controlling the river prevented many of the
natural interactions between the river and wetlands leading to more
deterioration along the coast. More
recently, the value of wetlands has been discovered and slight measures
been taken to prevent more loss, but will it be enough?