Tulane City Center (TCC)
The Tulane City Center houses the School of Architecture’s urban research and outreach programs. Programs of the City Center vary over time, but share a focus on improving cities through fostering global urban research, the development of flexible and innovative urban strategies, and the provision of environmentally and culturally informed principles to guide the design and revitalization of the contemporary metropolis.
As the primary venue for outreach projects at the Tulane School of Architecture, the Tulane City Center, along with our primary collaborator theTulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research, enjoys a broad range of partnerships with numerous off campus community based and civic organizations. Each of these partnerships provides opportunities for faculty and students to engage real issues in real communities and participate in the life of our city. Projects we have been involved with in the past have ranged in scale from small mobile neighborhood communication devices to urban scale neighborhood planning processes. We work in the realm of both private and public spaces and always recognize the importance of thinking beyond the scale at which a given project is expressed.
The Faculty and Students of the Architecture School are involved in nearly all programs of the TCC. Some faculty members connect TCC projects with coursework while others direct small groups of students in grant funded or extra-curricular work. Students engage projects as interns, as participants in service learning, and as course requirements.
Current active programs of the Tulane City Center include URBANbuild, CITYbuild Consortium of Schools, and the NOLA Design Collaborative (in partnership with Neighborhood Housing Services New Orleans). Some of our most active partnerships include City Park New Orleans, Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation, and the New Orleans Office of Recovery Management.