- Jori Erdman, AIA, LEED AP
- Elizabeth Williams Adjunct Professor of Architecture, Louisiana State University
- Patrick Michaels
Facing increasing risk from proximal exposure to rising seas and declining nonstructural protection, industry and community demographics shift alongside infrastructural and geomorphologic transformations. Existing populations are already beginning to reorganize along ridges of higher ground throughout the state. Each individual parish uniquely responds to land change and demographic shifts; however, many parishes maintain development practices that encroach upon dwindling wetlands and contribute to increasing risk. Options for the construction and maintenance of structural and nonstructural protection systems have been proposed and discussed; though, viability measurements must consider proportions of adjacent current and future industrial activity in tandem with relevant populations.