Through the planning and building processes, CITYbuild worked for social justice by partnering directly with local community groups to address their immediate and long-term sustainable needs.

The idea for the CITYbuild Consortium of Schools developed in the Fall of 2005 to address the unprecedented design and rebuilding needs in New Orleans. The CITYbuild Consortium was initiated in January 2006, starting with 10 schools representing the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Planning and Policy, Real Estate Development, Historic Preservation, and Environmental Studies. The role of host (and, in large part, generous first-year supporter) was taken up by the Tulane City Center at the Tulane School of Architecture.

By the end of our first year, CITYbuild had involved 30 national and international design based programs (representing 60 faculty and more than 600 students) partnering with 20 local, community-based organizations. The results of these partnerships include approximately 16 structures built or rehabilitated, from urban furniture to housing, and more than 200 design and project proposals. 



Project Lead

Doug Harmon, Director

Project Team

Jared Hueter, Coordinator
Dan Etheridge, Assistant Director


CityBuild Consortium of Schools

Published In

Domus, Architectural Record, ID, Cite, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, New Yorker

Exhibited In

Venice Biennale, Cooper-Hewitt, Designery, Ogden Museum


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