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The LOOP Pavilion wins a Merit Award from the AIA Gulf States Region 2016 Honor Awards

The LOOP Pavilion, designed and fabricated by City Center, has won a Merit Award from the AIA Gulf States Region 2016 Honor Awards for exemplary design.

A City Center design/build studio worked with community partner LOOP [Louisiana Outdoor Outreach Program] to design and construct a shade pavilion on Scout Island in City Park. LOOP engages urban students in outdoor education programs through adventure-based activities on their challenge course in City Park. 

City Park and the staff of LOOP reached out to the TCC when they recognized a need for program expansion and support. Their site was difficult to access and far from any seating, storage or shaded gathering spaces. After engaging LOOP staff to assess needs, students designed a shade pavilion that incorporates storage and seating into a large shade structure used for gathering before and after challenge course activities. The design is inspired by the tree canopy surrounding the challenge course. It uses blank aluminum traffic signs as a modular, exterior grade unit to create an abstracted, high-performing canopy overhead. In keeping with the context of the adjacent ropes course structure, the canopy is suspended with steel cable from a larger steel structure in a way that creates an undulating complex curve. The seating is built into an earth berm created by reusing railroad ties from the St. Charles Ave. streetcar line. The studio partnered with TSA’s Milhaus CNC lab to design and fabricate the joints that hold the aluminum canopy together.

The pavilion allows LOOP to provide better, safer programs for the students with whom they work and allow revenue generating options by attracting professional groups to use the course. In 2014, LOOP won a Merit Award in Divine Detail from the AIA New Orleans.



Scout Island, City Park 

Project Leads

Emilie Taylor, Sam Richards

Project Team

Dan Ackerley, Madison Baker, Casey Bemis, Michelle Carroll, Rachel Conques, Jose Cotto, John Coyle, Maggie Easley, Ellen Hearle, Emma Jasinki, Kate Luxner, Sarah Satterlee, Meredith Zelenka 

Partnering Organization

LOOP, New Orleans City Park

Special Thanks

Dash Lumber, Tulane School of Architecture’s Milhaus, Regional Transit Authority, Walter Zehner


AIA New Orleans, Award of Merit 2014, Divine Detail
AIA Gulf States, Award of Merit 2016, Architecture

Architecture students give local bookstore new life

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Barri Bronston


When Vera Warren Williams enters her freshly renovated Community Book Center at 2523 Bayou Road in New Orleans, she can scarcely believe it is the same space that she has struggled to maintain since opening the Seventh Ward location in 2003.
With its expanded children’s area, performance spaces, a gallery for artwork, contemporary shelving and African-inspired furnishings, she envisions the center as a hub for school and day care center field trips.
“Our focus has always been on children and young people but the new makeover will allow us to reach even more young people and address literacy at an even younger age,” Williams said.
Williams is grateful to the Albert Jr. and Tina Small City Center, the community design center that is part of the Tulane University School of Architecture. As part of their final design-build project, 14 students did the bulk of the work, from client and community interviews, to design, fabrication and installation.
The process began last year when City Center, which provides high-quality design assistance for nonprofit groups that are traditionally underserved by the design profession, put out its annual request for proposals. Williams’ proposal was one of over 20 project proposals submitted.
“There was a lot of enthusiasm and excitement about this project,” said Emilie Taylor, design build manager and professor of practice. “Our goal was to create a space that reflects the center’s identity as an African American-centered educational home, while becoming more accessible for new families and visitors coming to this rapidly changing neighborhood.”
Williams said she feels fortunate to have been chosen as one of City Center’s projects.
“Until now it had been an uphill battle trying to make the space appealing and comfortable while staying on top of changes in the book industry. But today I feel we have a new focus, a redirection. For us, this makeover is a blessing.”
Community Book Center will hold a reopening celebration on Wednesday (April 27), from 4 to 6 p.m.

Faculty selected to present at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture 104th Annual Meeting

Emilie Taylor Welty and Emily Baker will be presenting at the 104th ACSA Annual Meeting in Seattle. This year's conference with the theme ‘Shaping New Knowledges’ seeks to examine "architecture’s multiplicity of constituencies and concerns can, and does, lead to the formulation of more compelling research questions and creative production." Papers and projects were selected through blind peer review. 


Emily Baker’s project, Keswa, will be exhibited at the conference exhibition in the { } category. Keswa is a piece of public art that was the result of a winning entry for the Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award, given by the artist in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Music and Art Foundation and NYU Abu Dhabi. The work toured the United Arab Emirates in 2015 and was designed and fabricated by Salwa Al Khudairi and Nada Al Mulla under the mentorship of Emily Baker and Daniel Chavez. The design makes use of techniques in folded steel to recast the space of the abaya, or traditional robe worn by Arab Gulf women. 



Emilie Taylor Welty’s paper,  Designers, Citizens, and Citizen-Designers: charting new modes of engagement, collaboration, and project outcomes at Tulane City Center, co-authored with Maggie Hansen and Sue Mobley, will be presented within the session, Divergent Modes of Engagement: Exploring the Spectrum of Collaborative and Participatory Practices, and published in the conference publication. The paper explores how Tulane City Center is working to expand the role of designers and the impact of good design in our home, New Orleans, by creating space for more voices in the design process. TCC acts on the belief that all citizens are impacted by our built environment and should be empowered to participate in the decisions that shape it. The article explains, by way of three case study projects, what a deeper process of engagement entails and what results from this process. The projects outlined in this article underscore the role of design as a form of Legitimization (Transitional Space’s Parisite Skatepark), Education (the Lower Nine Vision Coalition), and Instigation (MaCCNO’s Street Performance Guide). 



Tulane City Center's Parisite Skate Park has received a SEED award for excellence in public interest design!

The SEED Awards recognizes designs that address the critical social, economic, and environmental issues in the world. Six projects were selected based on the following criteria: Effectiveness, Excellence, Inclusiveness, Impactful, Systemic, and Participatory.

Seed Awards Press Release 

TSA faculty Sue Mobley and Nick Jenisch publish an article in Conjunctions:Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation

Tulane City Center (TCC) Community Engagement Manager Sue Mobley and Tulane Regional Urban Design Center & TCC Project Manager Nick Jenisch have recently published an article in Conjunctions:Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation.  Entitled "Recovery to Resilience: Finding a Transdisciplinary Approach to Community-Based Design," the piece reflects on collaborative design efforts in the ten years since Katrina, successful and otherwise, profiles New Orleans' pivot from a recovery mentality, and looks forward in identifying the need for interdisciplinary work and improved engagement in community-based design.

Next Newcomb exhibits offer art with wonder and mystery

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Hannah Dean

Art lovers have twice the reason to visit the Newcomb Art Museum when its newest show opens on Wednesday (Jan 20). Vivid works by two contemporary female artists will be on display in very different yet related exhibits, “I Wonder” by Andrea Dezsö and “Mysterious Presences” by Kate Clark.

Clark creates “unsettling taxidermy sculptures, part human, part animal,” according to descriptions from the exhibit. Dezsö combines art, design and craft using a variety of media, from pop-up books to sculpture to embroidery.

Both exhibits provide very different experiences, but the two artists are connected through their modernization of traditional crafts, says Monica Ramirez-Montagut, museum director. Their works also demonstrate how humans are interdependent with the animal kingdom and the natural world, she says.

The title “I Wonder” for Dezsö’s works highlights the wondrous elements of her work, and asks the audience to observe her pieces with a touch of whimsy and imagination, Ramirez-Montagut says.

One notable show piece by Dezsö is a large diorama that displays a magical forest-like land with paper figures that appear to be hybrids of human and forest animals. A vinyl mural of the same figures can be seen on the storefront windows of Tulane City Center, 1725 Baronne St,. in an effort on behalf the museum to serve off-campus audiences.

Dezsö says she was inspired to create these creatures by historic drawings of Mardi Gras krewes and floats from the Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University. Selections of those drawings — designs from the 1892 Proteus parade, “Dream of the Vegetable Kingdom” — are also on display at the museum.

“The people in these drawings dressed in animal and vegetation costumes, which indicated that we humans are just small inhabitants of a much larger world, rather than the kings of a universe,” Dezsö says. She hopes that her audience will see that there is a space where adults can take imagination very seriously, as these krewes did a century ago.

The exhibits will be on display through April 9 at the museum in the Woldenberg Art Center on the Tulane University uptown campus.


 Do you have want to know more about a local issue? Or have an idea for your neighborhood or the city? 

Tulane City Center has announced a call for any suggestions of New Orleans based issues or ideas that citizens would like to have investigated, translated, or explored through design. Examples from the past include the Sound Ordinance, Public Transit and Mental Health Services. TCC will hold a public vote on November 16th at 6pm to determine which issues we will take on through our new Explore and Inform project streams. Suggestions may be dropped off at 1725 Baronne Street, or emailed to

The attached postcard will be available at NORD facilities along with submission boxes. 

Explore/Inform Postcard

Information Session scheduled: Red Beans Roundtable

Archinect Features - Deans List: Kenneth Schwartz of Tulane School of Architecture


The Deans List is an interview series with the leaders of architecture schools, worldwide. The series profiles the school’s programming, as defined by the head honcho – giving an invaluable perspective into the institution’s unique curriculum, faculty and academic environment. For this issue, we spoke with Kenneth Schwartz, the Dean at Tulane University's School of Architecture.

Before Hurricane Katrina, the 100+-year old Tulane School of Architecture was primarily concerned with architectural design with an emphasis on historical preservation at various times during this history. The school did not focus as much on progressive community-oriented design projects as they do today. Since the 2005 disaster, the school has changed its focus to encourage its approximately 300 students to become actively involved in the design issues of the surrounding community, resulting in a hands-on approach that immerses students in the often thorny problems of the wider world. In New Orleans’ case, architectural students must grapple with building in historically impoverished neighborhoods that have also not fully recovered from the effects of Katrina. Kenneth Schwartz, who has been at the school’s helm since 2008, has made Tulane synonymous with a pedagogy that integrates the theoretical and the pragmatic... Full interview HERE

Metropolis Magazine Highlights Tulane School of Architecture's Social Innovation Agenda

A Decade after Katrina, Tulane Seeks to Expand Its Social Innovation Agenda

Tulane University’s URBANbuild program was founded in 2005, not long before Hurricane Katrina ravaged much of the surrounding area. And if its mission had been important before, it became even more pressing in the storm’s aftermath. 

URBANbuild, Tulane's School of Architecture’s design-build program, sets out to give students firsthand experience of the work that goes into building an energy-efficient home, combining academic with technical knowledge. Over the course of the semester students participate in every aspect of the building process, from researching and developing proposals to communicating with material providers and working directly with subcontractors. 

Following Hurricane Katrina, URBANbuild turned its focus toward designing for the immediate community as it dealt with the consequences of the natural disaster. “We had an opportunity and a responsibility to help the communities in a much greater way,” Byron Mouton, director of URBANbuild, says. “Helping people who decided to return to understand that they had access to greater options.” Since its inception, the program has spearheaded the design and execution of 10 projects, including affordable housing in underserved areas and even a pop-up community market—all have had a small-scale but deeply-felt impact on the urban fabric of New Orleans.

Now, with the ten-year anniversary of Katrina, many are revisiting the extent of Katrina’s impact on the area and reassessing how the disaster has shaped how designers can deal with catastrophe and hardship on a broader scale. In these discussions, Tulane has stepped up to the plate once more, with its Tulane City Center projects (the community outreach arm of the Tulane School of Architecture) and its newly founded Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking....  Full Article HERE