Our Current Projects

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Creating Connections and Building Community

Although the Lowlander Center is based in southern Louisiana, one of our primary objectives is to create connections, share knowledge, and build trust between lowland communities throughout the world.  This is work that happens in living rooms, kitchens, and churches, as well as conference rooms and universities.  Click below to read about our meetings, travels, and collaborations.

Chantel Comardelle at the CIRD meeting to plan a community center for the resettlement.

Chantel Comardelle at the CIRD meeting to plan a community center for the resettlement.

Isle De Jean Charles Resettlement Effort

Isle de Jean Charles has lost 98% of its land and most of its population to rising sea levels - but as remaining residents consider relocation, what happens next is a test case to address resettlement. Read more.

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Political Engagement

We approach political change from a variety of angles including:

  • Direct action

  • Spreading political awareness

  • Advocating for policy change

  • Research for informing policy


Collaboration and Partnership with Rising Voices

Many of the people from the coastal area, the Tribes we collaborate with and members of the Lowlander Center have been participants, supporters and leaders within the Rising Voices community. From the Rising Voices website:

The Rising Voices program facilitates intercultural, relational-based approaches for understanding and adapting to extreme weather and climate events, climate variability and climate change. The program brings Indigenous and other scientific professionals, tribal and community leaders, environmental and communication experts, students, educators, and artists from across the United States, including Alaska, Hawai'i, and the Pacific Islands, and around the world, to assess critical community needs and to pursue joint research aimed at developing optimal plans for community action towards sustainability. Rising Voices acknowledges the inherent value of Indigenous knowledge systems and Indigenous science, adaptive practices and processes, honoring them equally with Earth sciences. 

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LURAC: Louisiana Universities Resilient Architecture Collaborative (LURAC)

Louisiana has been ravaged yet again in the summer of 2016 by a stunning flood event which severely damaged over 160,000 homes in the southern middle of the state.  This disaster occurred just months after severe spring flooding in the northern part of the state. Since 2005, Hurricane Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and Isaac are just the most noteworthy damaging storms that have flooded the coast and inland as they progressed through their cycle.  No other state in the U.S. has been subject to more storms and flooding during this time period.

No longer are storm disasters limited to the coastal areas of Louisiana.  And thus, no longer can addressing risk reduction and enhancement of resilient building stock be only a focus of coastal Louisiana residents and the building and resilience specialists who practice there.  The state as a whole must address these challenges together in order for the state to continue to be seen as a desirable place to live, work and prosper. The alternative is state-wide, communities affected by abandonment and the out migration of residents and businesses.

The opportunity to act as learning, solution-formulating locations for resilient building stock comes to the five university architecture/landscape architecture programs and the land use planning program that are placed strategically around Louisiana. They can become a platform for architecture storm resilience education supported by multi-specialty building stock resilience expertise to begin this state-wide conversation for education and policy enhancement.

LSU, UL-Lafayette, Tulane, and La. Tech U. architecture programs are partnering with LSU Landscape Architecture and UNO Planning informed by storm mitigation specialists through the non-profit Lowlander Center to form the Louisiana Universities Resilient Architecture Collaborative (LURAC).  LURAC functions with architect staff, architect faculty and state and national storm disaster mitigation specialists and organizations. Initial funding was received from Travelers Resilience Competition and LSU Sea Grant has initiated outreach to LURAC.


Published Work

Take a deep dive into what we've been thinking and talking about.