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What is Changing Course? Watch this Video to Learn More

The newly released video above and on our homepage describes the urgent problem facing coastal Louisiana that Changing Course seeks to address, how the initiative connects to Louisiana’s 2012 State Coastal Master Plan and how teams of experts from around the world will seek to develop solutions for a sustainable Lower Mississippi River Delta. The video includes commentary from Changing Course’s Leadership Team members, Delta residents and members of the eight shortlisted teams (see full list of speakers below).

Changing Course is currently in the second phase of its team selection phase, the RFP Phase. On September 16, 2013 the Leadership Team released an open Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Twenty-one teams responded, each averaging twenty-five experts from across Louisiana, the United States and six countries worldwide. The multidisciplinary teams included 96 fields of expertise, among them the top engineering firms in the world, coastal scientists, oyster and fisheries specialists, navigation experts, landscape architects and planners. Forty-seven firms from Louisiana were represented, as well as research institutes and universities worldwide. Competing teams have had direct experience in shaping fourteen of the world’s greatest deltas. Eight teams were selected to move forward to the Request for Proposals (RFP) Phase and their submissions are currently under review by the Technical and Leadership Teams. Finalists will be announced in summer 2014.

Changing Course is a design competition that is bringing the world’s best and brightest engineers, coastal researchers, planners, and designers together to show the art of the possible for one of America’s greatest natural resources. The competition, with the support and participation of the State of Louisiana and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), an independent effort led by a Leadership Team and guided by Technical and Stakeholder Advisory Teams.

Speakers in the Changing Course Video Include:

  1. Don Boesch, Professor of Marine Science and President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  2. Lora Ann Chaisson, Vice Principal Chief, United Houma Nation
  3. Maurice Cox, Director, Tulane City Center and Associate Dean for Community Engagement, Tulane University School of Architecture
  4. Gina Ford, Principal, Sasaki Associates
  5. Steve Mathies, Vice President, AECOM
  6. Stacy Methvin, Retired Vice President, Refining Margin Optimization, Shell Oil Company
  7. David Waggonner, Principal, Waggonner & Ball Architects

Changing Course is grateful for the support of the Rockefeller FoundationWalton Family FoundationGreater New Orleans Foundationblue moon fund and The Kresge Foundation. Changing Course would like to thank the Port of New OrleansOmni Royal Orleans and Greater New Orleans, Inc. for their support of the RFP Interviews.

Special thanks to Open, for their video production and design (along with Changing Course’s branding).

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