New Orleans is home to so many wonderful things – great people, festivals, music, food, neighborhoods, and homes (plus a whole lot more!) With my daughter at Tulane studying Architecture and work related activities, I get to go every so often and I love learning what New Orleans has to offer. As part of my daughter’s architecture curriculum at Tulane, she and other students are working on URBANbuild10 – the 10th home built in the URBANbuild program. From the URBANbuild web site “URBANbuild is a design|build program in which teams of students take on the design and construction of prototypical structures for New Orleans’ neighborhoods. URBANbuild has partnered in the development of these homes with “Make It Right, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans, Inc., and Harmony Neighborhood Development.”
Byron Mouton, director of URBANbuild, in an article in Tulane Wave, summed up his perspective on the experience for the students involved “As for the students who built it, they will have experience and confidence that they didn’t have before”, Mouton said. “We’re producing enlightened designers and optimistic young practitioners.”
I had a chance to see the finished house and hopefully it will soon be occupied for someone to “come home” to!
Check out the video to see the house.