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Architecture students take on a ‘shady’ project


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Barri Bronston


It may not be topped with a festive red and green bow, but for LOOP — the Louisiana Outdoors Outreach Program — it is a holiday gift like no other, thanks to Tulane City Center. 

This semester, Tulane City Center, an outreach program of the Tulane University School of Architecture, partnered with LOOP to design and build a shaded pavilion on Scout Island in City Park, where LOOP’s ropes course is located. The 900-square-foot pavilion will provide children with an escape from the heat and enable LOOP to expand its programming.

LOOP, a program of the Louisiana Office of Parks, offers an academically linked adventure program to underserved youth. The program teaches teamwork, problem solving and conflict resolution through such activities as challenge courses, hiking and canoeing.

“Except for a few picnic tables, there was nothing out here,” says fifth-year architecture student Dan Akerley, one of 13 students on the project. “We wanted to create a shaded space where kids could get out of the sun, eat lunch, do activities and cheer on their peers when they are out on the ropes course.”

The pavilion features a canopy made of 650 aluminum yield signs with connections milled on the architecture school’s CNC (computer numerical control) machine. It is held up with six steel columns, and seating is built into an earth berm created with old railroad ties. The Regional Transit Authority donated the railroad ties from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, which is undergoing repairs, and Dash Lumber provided wood for the bench seating.

“This kind of public interest design work is important since it gives us a chance to bring design services to underserved communities,” says Emilie Taylor, design build manager.

“It’s also an opportunity to educate a new generation of designers who are more socially conscious, technically competent and able to work collaboratively.”

Tulane City Center LOOP Project Update

TSA community,

This semester the Tulane City Center has partnered with LOOP (the Louisiana Outdoors Outreach Program) to work on a pavilion/activity space on City Park's Scout Island. Our team broke ground on the structure last week, and we aim to be done by the end of the semester.
Attached is a quick update sheet with more information and images, and we'll send out more updates as the build progresses!

The studio participants are:
Dan Akerley, Madison Baker, Casey Bemis, Jose Cotto, John Coyle, Rachel Conques, Michelle Carroll, Maggie Easley, Ellen Hearle, Emma Jasinski, Kate Luxner, Sarah Satterlee, Meredith Zelenka
Lead by: Sam Richards, and Emilie Taylor

Our Community Partner's Website:


Emilie Taylor

design build manager
tulane city center

Grow Dat Youth farm highlighted in Architectural Record

Students at Tulane's design-build program converted a former New Orleans golf course into the 4-acre Grow Dat Youth Farm, which includes a 6,000-square-foot education center made from shipping containers

Urban Oases

Projects from mobile markets to full-on farms are greening America's food deserts.

By Lamar Anderson

In a section of Seattle's Delridge neighborhood, residents who rely on public transportation face a daunting choice: take two buses to get to the nearest grocery store–or trek up a large hill. “What we found was that most people were either going to the grocery store much more infrequently, or they were becoming heavily dependent on convenience stores,” says Carrie Ferrence, a cofounder of Stockbox markets who studied access to fresh food in the city while completing her M.B.A. at Seattle's Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

That scenario is typical of urban food deserts–city neighborhoods with poor access to fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthy foods. While there is no official measure of how scarce a carrot has to be for an area to qualify as a desert, a 2009 report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that 23.5 million people live in low-income neighborhoods more than a mile from a supermarket, which could contribute to poor eating habits, obesity, and diet-related diseases. But in the vacuum left by traditional stores, urban innovators are experimenting with alternative models for delivering fresh food to underserved areas.

One notable success has been Chicago's Fresh Moves Mobile Markets, city buses repurposed as one-aisle grocery stores that make stops on the West and South Sides of the city five days a week. (The project was featured in the exhibitionSpontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, which debuted at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale and is on view at the Chicago Cultural Center through September 1.) A pro bono team assembled by Architecture for Humanity Chicago and led by Katherine Darnstadt of the firm Latent Design retrofitted the first bus in 2011. Fresh Moves reached more than 11,000 customers in its first year, and a third bus will join the fleet this month.

In East New York, Brooklyn, Abruzzo Bodziak Architects is extending the mobile idea to agriculture with a pair of butterfly-roofed greenhouse modules based on prefab components. At 1,100 square feet, the larger design fits the common sizes of New York City lots. The firm's client, the nonprofit Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, has access to 11 such sites through short-term leases. Pending financing, the group hopes to begin construction on its first hydroponic greenhouse next spring. “The benefit of having a kit that you can move from place to place or use in multiples is that you don't have to wait to remediate the site, which can be costly and take a lot of time,” says partner Emily Abruzzo.

Back in Delridge, Ferrence and her business partner, Jacqueline Gjurgevich, took a step toward solving the neighborhood's food problem with a pop-up market in a 160-square-foot mobile construction office. Stationed in a parking lot for two months in 2011, the first Stockbox sold a mix of produce, dairy, meat, and grocery staples. The project was a success, but the duo found that they needed more space to meet demand for a wider variety of items. Last year they opened a permanent 550-square-foot storefront in nearby South Park, and this summer Stockbox will add a 2,000-square-foot location in the First Hill neighborhood.

Improving food access alone won't end health problems associated with food deserts, notes Fresh Moves designer Darnstadt. “Getting that produce is just one step of the process that goes into a healthy lifestyle,” she says. At Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans, high-school students not only tend 4 acres of crops in City Park, they also learn how to cook with them. To create the farm, architecture students from the Tulane City Center–the design-build program at the Tulane School of Architecture–converted a disused golf course damaged by Hurricane Katrina into agricultural land, which began production in January 2012, and built an adjacent education pavilion. With each crop, the high-school students learn several recipes, explains Emilie Taylor, design-build manager for the project. “Many students are in single-parent households, and often end up cooking for the family,” she says. “If we can give them skills and access to food, they'll cook better for their siblings.”

In March, Grow Dat began hitting the road, too. For his thesis project, Tulane master's sstudent Justin Siragusa created a mobile farmstand from a modified boat trailer. That evolution underscores the potential for these types of interventions to build on one another. “It's such a simple idea,” says Darnstadt. “You can grow tomatoes in the garden, then sell them to a mobile market, and you see this whole small-scale network of neighborhood enterprises form around food.”

Grow Dat featured in ARCHITECT Magazine

ARCHITECT Magazine highlights GROW DAT in an article titled, “URBAN REINVESTMENTS,” by Nate Berg for AIA Architect. This article discusses “Three Schools, Three Cities, and One Loaded Term.” There is a great photo in the slide show by Emilie Taylor, one of several key Tulane faculty and staff members in guiding this amazing project through fruition along with a whole host of Tulane School of Architecture students and the Grow Dat youth themselves.

Congratulations to Tulane City Center for Making “Public Interest Design 100.”

Public Interest Design released an infographic representing 100 people and teams working at the intersection of design and service. This first-of-its-kind Public Interest Design 100 lists many of the diverse, passionate leaders who are remaking the world together. Tulane City Center is #93 on the list and features TSA's Maurice Cox, Emilie Taylor, and Dan Etheridge.

View the complete graphic at

ARCH 3031/6031

Course Description

The 3031/6031 design studio provides an increased focus on the material reality of buildings—linking material selection, detail and assembly to design concepts and the intended experiential presence of a building. Principals of programmatic organization and the integration of building plan, section and elevation will also be emphasized. The studio will extend and reinforce the lessons, themes and skills of previous design studios and will be important preparation for the "Integrated Studio" required the following spring.