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Bastion, a housing development for Veterans, receives $4.5 million toward construction

Bastion, a project whose design and development team include faculty and graduates of the Tulane School of Architecture, has recently received funding to move forward with construction on the 80-unit development. The Veterans Housing Development designed by the Office of Jonathan Tate, received 4.5 million dollars in funding to begin work on the Gentilly site. The funding comes from an affordable housing tax credit award and HUD grant. Bastion is a nonprofit organization building an intentionally designed neighborhood in New Orleans for returning warriors and families with lifelong rehabilitative needs. Jon Tate, a recent instructor at the Tulane School of Architecture and MSRED program, lead an extensive charette for Bastion through the Tulane City Center in late 2013. Since then Tate’s office (OJT) has worked to design the mixed-use development through an extensive collaboration with stakeholders.

The developers on the project, the Renaissance Property Group, includes Amber Seely-Marks, an adjunct faculty member in the MSRED program, and Teddy Newmyer, a recent MSRED grad.

Bastion will foster a protected but inclusive, vital and thriving live/work environment that veterans with lifelong rehabilitative needs and their families, retired military, and community members can establish and maintain on their own terms while taking advantage of the networks of support and resources that exist in the city at large. For more information visit:  or

Exhibition scheduled: Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard: Past, Present, and Future

2015 Tulane School of Architecture Summer Newsletter

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)

Johnson Controls Celebrates Its Investment in the Tulane City Center

10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

$1 million commitment helps Tulane University and New Orleans move forward

In 2005 Johnson Controls stood with Tulane University to rebuild and resume classes within five months after Hurricane Katrina's devastation. Ten years later, the university and New Orleans residents are building a better future one project at a time. Johnson Controls is proud to help the Tulane City Center, a non-profit organization founded by the Tulane School of Architecture, rejuvenate the community.

“Tulane needed help then, and New Orleans continues to need help today. We proudly have committed $1 million to help revitalize the community with projects that advance the lives of Louisiana residents and their families,” says Bill Jackson, president, Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls.

Read the news release and watch the video about this successful partnership.

Meet Wendell Wendeling - a man committed to his family, his customers, and the city he calls home.


The Mardi Gras Indian Council receives a $500,000 grant with assistance from Tulane City Center

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A stomping ground for the Mardi Gras Indians

Kirby Messinger


Mardi Gras Indians are one of New Orleans’ most unique and special cultural groups. Under the guidance of former director Maurice Cox, the Tulane City Center has worked to ensure their traditions continue by helping the Mardi Gras Indian Council get a $500,000 grant from ArtPlace America to develop the Mardi Gras Indian Cultural Campus.

The campus will consist of a 5,900-square-foot headquarters and event space overlooking A.L. Davis Park.

“This space will give them a place to call their own and allow outsiders to learn more about their organization,” says Nicholas Jenisch, Tulane City Center project manager. Mardi Gras Indians normally sew their costumes in private homes, Jenisch adds.

Jenisch, along with students and faculty from the Tulane School of Architecture, began working with members of the council to create a headquarters that would preserve and advance their traditions. The council brings together more than a dozen tribes.

“Our students came up with several design options for a space that would fit the council’s needs,” says Jenisch.

During a tour of Central City, a historically relevant area to the Mardi Gras Indians, students discovered two shotgun houses on La Salle Street that would suit the project. The final design includes four classrooms, two event rooms, two offices, a kitchen and an outdoor performance space.

“Our design process is really tailored to the needs of an organization,” says interim Tulane City Center director Maggie Hansen. “We were able to think through a variety of different ideas for this project and eventually land on something that everyone is extremely excited about. We can’t wait to see this project move forward.”

ArtPlace America is an organization that weaves arts and culture projects into community-planning efforts.

Jenisch says Tulane University’s work on the cultural campus is complete, but renovations will continue until the center opens in 2017.

NPR profiles Tulane School of Architecture for work done post Katrina


Building on a long tradition of engagement and design excellence at the Tulane School of Architecture..... More than 100 years to be precise, but with a special focus and intensity over the past 10 years, NPR features Tulane School of Architecture in a recent article. Listen to the full story here -  "After Katrina, Tulane's Architecture School Became A Community Builder."



Tulane City Center’s Vision and Expertise Contributes to $500,000 Grant for Mardi Gras Indian Cultural Campus

The Mardi Gras Indian Council, in partnership with the Foundation for Louisiana, recently received a $500,000 grant from ArtPlace America.  Originally developed by Tulane City Center, under Maurice Cox's direction, the project will result in the creation of the Mardi Gras Indian Cultural Campus.  The Center assembled a collaborative team that included the Louisiana State University School of Landscape Architecture and the Tulane Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development program, and proposed the renovation and re-use of several existing structures and empty lots on LaSalle Street in Central City.  Located across from A.L. Davis Park, site of the Indians’ Super Sunday and St. Joseph’s Night celebrations, the Campus provides a central location for the celebration of Mardi Gras Indian cultural practices and traditions, and will serve as a means to maintain the culture as it passes from one generation to the next. 

The ArtPlace grant will facilitate property purchases and renovations proposed by Tulane City Center, bringing the Cultural Campus to life.  Visitors will be able to take sewing classes, attend celebrations, and get a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of the carefully guarded Mardi Gras Indian society.

Mardi Gras Indian Council president Bertrand Butler outlined the project’s intensive design process this way:  “We worked together over more than a year to create a site that will bring people together, preserve our culture, and be meaningful to young people across the city.  The City Center has been there from the beginning, and we never forget our friends.”

Tulane City Center is honored to have been able to play a role in helping the Mardi Gras Indian Council and the Foundation for Louisiana bring this vital hub of creative placemaking to the attention of ArtPlace.

The 2015 Spring 2nd Year Design Studio worked with the Mardi Gras Indian Council by installing an exhibition of their studies of Mardi Gras Indian suits during the Art Place site visit. The studio was taught by Professors: Maurice Cox, Marcella Del Signore, and Scott Ruff.

Dean Schwartz Publishes an Opinion Piece in the Times-Picayune

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