I just booked arrangements to be in Chicago next week for this incredible symposium entitled Sustainable Waterfronts - Learning from the Dutch Experience. They have added an extended program called New Orleans and the Dutch in order to discuss how Dutch design methodology can be employed in the reconstruction of New Orleans. From the website:
After the devastation left behind in New Orleans and the Gulf region by hurricane Katrina we received numerous requests and inquiries if we would include presentations on this subject. We therefore decided to extend the program with presentations and a panel discussion about the Dutch expertise on water management and urban planning and if this could be of use in the rebuilding of New Orleans. Speakers from the Netherlands and the US will be announced shortly.
I'll be up there furiously taking notes, trying to get my two cents in and making contacts for the New New Orleans Initiative. I'll also be posting the whole thing so check back for updates.