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Students can get a jumpstart with Summer 2020 Courses. Offerings include design, architecture, photography, drawing, making, design thinking, historic preservation, real estate, and social innovation and social entrepreneurship. View the Tulane School of Architecture Summer 2020 Course Offerings.

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Rudy Bruner Award winner has Tulane School of Architecture connections

The 2019 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Gold Medalist has been named, and several Tulane School of Architecture alumni and faculty were involved in the winning project: Crosstown Concourse in Memphis, Tennessee.

Architecture faculty Emilie Taylor Welty and Seth Welty designed the Crosstown's French Truck Memphis coffee bar, one of several food establishments in the building. Additionally, Tulane alumni Lee Askew III, FAIA, (Architecture '66) was the architect of the charter high school inside the building; and Tony Bologna, FAIA, (Architecture '64) was an instrumental force as one of five architects leading the concept and development for the overall project.

Completed in 2017, Crosstown Concourse is a $210 million rehabilitation project, transforming a historic Sears, Roebuck & Company distribution center into a mixed-use vertical village. The biggest adaptive reuse project in Tennessee and the largest LEED Platinum Certified historic adaptive reuse project in the world, the 16-acre development integrates housing, offices, restaurants, and retail along with nonprofit arts and culture, health and wellness, and educational organizations.

Once home to the city’s largest employer, the 1.5-million-square-foot structure was abandoned in 1993 and stood vacant for more than 20 years. In 2010, Crosstown Arts was founded as a nonprofit arts organization to create a vision for its redevelopment that would cultivate the city’s creative community through “an open and inclusive place designed to dissolve barriers to access.”

Designed by Memphis-based Looney Ricks Kiss in association with DIALOG (Vancouver) and Spatial Affairs Bureau (UK), among others, Crosstown Concourse is now home to 40 diverse tenants and 265 apartments housing over 400 residents.

Read the full announcement from Metropologis Magazine here.

Rose Fellowship Opens Post in New Orleans

In the months following Hurricane Katrina's arrival in the Gulf South, students, faculty, and staff across the Tulane spectrum found themselves searching for meaningful ways to engage in the recovery of their communities. The School of Architecture reoriented its curriculum and is now a leader in socially conscious community-based design work through the efforts of the Tulane City Center (now Small City Center) and UrbanBuild programs. As a student, I was fortunate enough to be a participant in those programs, which shook my understanding of how architecture can be a tool of engagement - and left me floundering for avenues to pursue those passions post-graduation.

The Rose Architectural Fellowship is a vehicle specifically designed to foster emerging designers who wish to work in that vein, and I had the good fortune to find myself working with them as a recent graduate. I was placed under the tutelage of David Perkes at the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio and at the Biloxi Housing Authority, working on residential rebuilding projects along the Gulf Coast.   In technical terms, I was able to expand my knowledge of architectural practice and better understand the financing mechanisms required to move public-scale projects into reality.   The real takeaway, of course, was not technical; it was the sense of the meaningfulness of the work and a better perspective of how architecture can be helpful- and in which instances it can not.  

I say all of this- and give a bit of my background- because a new Rose Fellowship post has been announced in New Orleans, and I know that there are many young architects and designers who've been moved by TSA programs and now finding themselves in the shoes that I was once in.   If you'd like to know more about the post- or my take on the fellowship- I'll be co-hosting an informal brown bag session with the Rose Fellow Program Director, Christopher Scott on Thursday, June 30; information below.

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Seth Welty 
Adjunct Lecturer

The Atlantic's 'CityLab' features Tulane City Center collaboration with Mardi Gras Indians

A face mask belonging to Big Chief Victor Harris of the FiYiYi nation tribe. (Matty A. Williams)

The Tulane City Center's history of collaboration with Mardi Gras Indian groups since 2006 has been highlighted in The Atlantic's 'CityLab' forum. Sparked by the success of the recently planned Mardi Gras Indian Cultural Campus, led by former Tulane City City Center director Maurice Cox, the article also features the Guardians Institute [faculty design lead Scott Ruff and faculty construction lead Seth Welty], and the House of Dance & Feathers [advising professor Patrick Rhodes].

City Lab Article 

Photo: A face mask belonging to Big Chief Victor Harris of the FiYiYi nation tribe. (Matty A. Williams)

ARCH 2022/6022

Second year studio concentrates on developed architectural form and design methodologies through processes of analysis, synthesis and transformation. Students work on the conceptual frameworks for their designs, with emphasis on issues of environmental context, urban design, and cultural and technological systems and their impact on architectural form. Different approaches to the making of form are investigated, along with principles of organization, such as spatial hierarchy, circulation, structure, and site relationships.

ARCH 2021/6021

Second year studio concentrates on developed architectural form and design methodologies through processes of analysis, synthesis and transformation. Students work on the conceptual frameworks for their designs, with emphasis on issues of environmental context, urban design, and cultural and technological systems and their impact on architectural form.Different approaches to the making of form are investigated, along with principles of organization, such as spatial hierarchy, circulation, structure, and site relationships.