Center for ArchitectureOculus Book Talk: We’re Still Here Ya Bastards
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Register
At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is one of the darkest chapters in American history. The storm caused unprecedented destruction, and a toxic combination of government neglect and socioeconomic inequality turned a crisis into a tragedy. But among the rubble, there is hope.
We’re Still Here Ya Bastards presents an extraordinary panoramic look at New Orleans’s revival in the years following the hurricane. Award-winning journalist Roberta Brandes Gratz shares the stories of people who returned to their homes and have taken the rebuilding of their city into their own hands. She shows how the city—from the Lower Ninth Ward to the storied French Quarter to Bayou Bienvenue—is recovering despite flawed governmental policies that promote disaster capitalism rather than the public good. While tracing positive trends, Gratz also investigates the most fiercely debated issues and challenges facing the city: a violent and corrupt prison system, the tragic closing of Charity Hospital, the future of public education, and the rise of gentrification.
By telling stories that are often ignored by the mainstream media, We’re Still Here Ya Bastards shows the strength and resilience of a community that continues to work to rebuild New Orleans, and reveals what Katrina couldn’t destroy: the vibrant culture, epic history, and unwavering pride of one of the greatest cities in America.
Roberta Brandes Gratz, author, We’re Still Here Ya Bastards: How the People of New Orleans Rebuilt their City
Gabriel Smith, FAIA, LEED AP, Director, Thomas Phifer and Partners
Organized by: AIANY Oculus Committee
Oculus Book Seller: McNally Jackson Books | 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012 | 212.274.1160
Price: Free for AIA and League members and students with valid ID; $10 for non-members
AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW