New Orleans, Louisiana is a city in the South of the United States. It is somewhat smaller and less populous than New York and San Francisco but still of a noteworthy size with approximately 385000 inhabitants. The city is located at the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and close to the mouth of the Mississippi river.
In recent years, New Orleans found itself in international news often due to being hit by hurricane Katrina in 2005. During this disaster the city’s flood defences failed and large parts of the city were flooded, resulting in about 1500 casualties. After this disaster, the city has been rebuilt alongside with modern flood defences, which makes it a very interesting location from a civil engineering perspective.
Looking beyond civil engineering New Orleans is known for its rich culture. For example, it is commonly referred to as the birthplace of jazz sprouting artists such as Louis Armstrong and Fats Domino. Furthermore, it has a big annual carnival celebration known as Mardi Grass and a rich cuisine.
All in all, New Orleans is a city which we felt like couldn’t be left out in our study trip both for its interesting civil engineering history and its cultural heritage.