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NANO Architects to Host International Symposium on Climate Change

Urban leaders gather on Oct.5-6 for ‘Shaping the City New Orleans’ to present research and architectural solutions to address climate change.

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans architecture and interiors firm NANO, LLC has announced it will host the first edition of Shaping the City New Orleans, in collaboration with the European Culture Centre and with support from New Orleans & Company and AIA New Orleans. The event will take place Oct. 5-6 at the AIA New Orleans Center for Design and Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

The internationally recognized two-day symposium focused on “Designing for Climate Emergency” will bring together planners, academics, architects and politicians to share knowledge, best practices and new design solutions to help coastal communities get stronger and better equipped to deal with the impacts of climate change. The event is free and open to the public, with advance registration required.

Shaping the City is a forum created by the European Cultural Centre as part of the public programming of the Venice Architecture Biennial Exhibition titled Time Space Existence. NANO was invited to exhibit at the 2021 Venice Biennale where they won the “Architecture Award.” Their immersive exhibit, SUBMERGED EXPERIENCE, abstracted and compared the topographies of New Orleans and Venice to highlight the global action needed to cope with climate change.

Climate change is among the most significant challenges facing major cities worldwide. From floods and hurricanes to wildfires and desertification, extreme weather events are only growing in number and impact. These threats are magnified in coastal cities like Venice and New Orleans, which both have low-lying geography that makes them particularly vulnerable to the threat of rising sea levels and extreme weather events. As a city with a unique history, geography, and urban fabric, New Orleans provides a rich and complex framework for examining the relationship between cultural legacy and sustainable urban development through the lens of environmental justice.

Building systemic and equitable solutions for facing growing climate threats will require innovative solutions and international collaboration. Shaping the City New Orleans will be an unprecedented opportunity for leaders to share their work and to introduce new approaches to sustainable design and planning.

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Founded in 2001 in New Orleans, Louisiana, NANO is a female-owned, internationally recognized, award-winning firm providing architecture and interior design services for new construction, renovations and historic preservation within the commercial, residential, educational, industrial, and municipal sectors. The motivating philosophy and ethos of our success is one of spatial relationships based upon a series of scales; NANO thinks of every project as encompassing not only the most removed, observable viewpoint, but also the most detailed. We approach every project not only at the scale of the city, the block and the street, but also at the level of the smallest minutiae – the joint, the reveal and the grain. In the process of developing our clients’ projects, no scale is superior – they all must work together to structure the overall design concept. Committed to resilient, sustainable, and socially responsible building practices, NANO is a proud signatory of the American Institute of Architects’ 2030 Challenge.

About the European Cultural Centre
The European Cultural Centre (ECC) is a non-profit organization headquartered in the Netherlands. We are cultural entrepreneurs committed to promoting culture through international exchanges. We work with associations and partners from around the world, ranging from educational, cultural and governmental institutions to non-governmental organisations as well as museums, foundations and several private initiatives. Based in Venice, ECC Italy is the main branch of its larger parent organization the European Cultural Centre. Focusing on diverse topics within art, architecture and design, we aim to create dynamic exhibition spaces and insightful events that show the interchanging of ideas from different cultures and industry leaders. Our architecture exhibition Time Space Existence, alternates each year with the art exhibition Personal Structures. For more information you can check out our website and Instagram @ecc_italy.


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