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Issue 3.1

Delta Urbanism: Aligning Adaptation with the Protection and Restoration Paradigm in Coastal Louisiana

Increasing resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change through hazard mitigation and social capacity building is critical for Louisiana’s coastal and inland communities. Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast calls for planning and adaptive design at the architectural, neighborhood, and community scales. This work examines whether the Master Plan provides an effective framework for addressing community resilience and examines how innovative community planning and design frameworks such as the National Disaster Resilience Competition and Inland from the Coast are being employed to fill resilience gaps. Based on a review and synthesis of current adopted planning documents and processes, the findings strongly suggest that while disparate planning and design frameworks are addressing both physical and social environmental needs, a holistic approach to adaptation is also needed.

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