The New Orleans water management system revolves around the control (failure to control) how water engages the urban condition.
Aside from the incredible drainage canals present in the quickest-subsiding neighborhoods, my favorite paradox is the groundwater/tap/sewage condition.
It turns out that the efforts to 1. pump water out of the city to maintain a dry ground plane, and 2. the containment of water & sewage in underground pipes– are actually resulting in the funding of freshwater springs throughout the city. Lovely!
“The system works really well until it doesn’t, and then it doesn’t work at all.”