PRINT March 2006


LAST FALL, when Artforum invited several prominent thinkers to contribute essays on subjects they considered of unique importance to our cultural moment, architect and historian Denise Scott Brown seized on a matter still fresh in the collective conscious: the rebuilding of New Orleans. “Even by the criteria of realism,” she observed of the staggering task, “we will have to be visionary.” As weeks and then months passed and still no vision for New Orleans’s future emerged—locally or in Washington, DC—we were prompted by Brown’s assertion to wonder what an art magazine might do to stimulate the conversation. With this in mind, we turned to REED KROLOFF, dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans, and AARON BETSKY, director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) in Rotterdam, in hopes of soliciting innovative proposals for a city whose predicament, while

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