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Behind the Parapet: Rain, Shine and Roof Design through Time

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The fifth event in the series will focus on “Behind the Parapet: Rain, Shine and Roof Design through Time.” If sound roof design is derived from simply keeping the water moving and moving away from the building, why does the struggle persist? Rain has always been a constant in New Orleans, and can lead to leakage, vegetation growth and structural issues. But this isn’t a new problem; traces of the struggle can be seen as early as the 1800s in Malcolm Heard’s French Quarter Manual. From quintessential 19th-century colonial architecture to buildings as modern as the Superdome, designers have grappled with strategies of mitigation. Andrew Liles of AM Liles Architect, and a faculty member of the Tulane School of Architecture, parses the topic. This program is part of both PRC’s Building New Orleans Then and Now series and its Maintain Right multimedia program.

This online program, presented via Zoom, is free to the public, but participants must register in advance.

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Building New Orleans Then and Now: Dialogues on the Past and Future of Crescent City Architecture

Join PRC for this free six-part virtual series exploring the influence of historic architects and builders on modern New Orleans. We’ll speak with contemporary designers about the lessons and inspiration they draw from old buildings and the people who made them. We’ll discover how some of today’s leading local architects approach adaptive reuse and new construction in historic districts. Along the way, we’ll meet some of their predecessors who left an indelible mark on New Orleans. The series of dialogues culminates in a roundtable conversation about what our city has to offer the world of design. This series, which will be hosted via Zoom and free to the public, will be moderated by PRC Policy Research Director and Advocacy Coordinator Nathan Lott. It was organized by Lott and Tulane Master of Preservation Studies student Laurel M. Fay, a PRC intern. See the full list of events in this series.


Unable to tune in live? See recordings of previous online programs here.


May 18
6:00pm — 7:00pm
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