Mayors’ Institute on City Design

Project Goals:

The Mayors’ Institute was intended to address the following challenges: how can design create a path for the American City to become resilient to an increasingly dynamic environment? Moreover, can the well-designed resilient and adaptive city actually find benefit in this change?

Project Team:
    • Jeff Carney Former Director, Coastal Sustainability Studio
    • Patrick Michaels
    • Emily Powell
    • Katrina Durbak
    • Lynne Carter
    • Jori Erdman, AIA, LEED AP
    • Robert Twilley, PhD Chairman of the Board & Interim CSS Executive Director
      Executive Director, Louisiana Sea Grant
      Professor, LSU College of the Coast & Environment
    • Clint Willson, PhD, PE Mike N. Dooley, P.E. Professor, College of Engineering
      Director, LSU Center for River Studies
    • Elizabeth Mossop
    • Elliot Manuel

The challenges that American cities face have become clear to residents of the Gulf Coast following a decade of natural and man-made disasters.

Following Hurricane Sandy, urban vulnerabilities are once again in the national spotlight. This is an important moment to consider the future of cities in the environment and the opportunity to design a path to a brighter urban future. The evidence of the past decade is clear; we are entering a time of increased environmental dynamics and this “new normal” will present a tremendous challenge to our built environment. To address these challenges, the CSS organized a Southeastern Regional Mayors’ Insititute held in Baton Rouge in December 2013.

Direct + Broader Impacts:
The Mayors’ Institute provided a great opportunity for the CSS to frame a dialogue with mayors around the constraints and opportunities that climate change imposes on cities. The engagement with these professionals throughout the workshop synthesized the different specialties to help the Mayors solve pressing problems.