Louisiana Speaks: Pattern Book and Toolkit


Building a more resilient future in the coastal areas of storm prone Louisiana

In the wake of the destructive hurricanes of Katrina and Rita, there was an urgent need to rebuild a vast number of affected towns and villages, as well as to build entirely new communities. The challenge was to make sure that the rebuilding was achieved in the best possible way — Safer, Stronger, and Smarter — in keeping with the motto of the Louisiana Recovery Authority’s Louisiana Speaks program. The Louisiana Speaks Pattern Book provides guidance and tools for the builders who will take on this task. The Planning Toolkit aids in overall community strategies, including planning concepts, hands-on approaches, processes, techniques, and models for new development.

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