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This Blog is a Spring 2009 collaborative effort between architecture students of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and landscape architecture students of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. The studios' charge is to assist in an ongoing effort titled Dutch Dialogues, a multi-disciplinary trans-national group led by Waggonner & Ball Architects of New Orleans, the American Planning Association and the Royal Netherlands Embassy. The overall intentions of Dutch Dialogues are to examine, research and speculate on integrated water management and infrastructural strategies for New Orleans and the surrounding region. The studios will examine water as a means to rehabilitate the urban landscape of New Orleans, positioning water within our sights and within our minds. Multiple scales of architecture, landscape, infrastructure and urbanism will be researched and designed as inextricable parts of the same whole, tracking and integrating water from the gutter to the gulf [of Mexico].