farm

The design approach for Hope Haven Farm aims to integrate multiple functions within the area to attract community members and to reconnect the existing programs located at the Hope Haven Campus. The farm area is divided in two main zones: one close to the north entrance of Cafe Hope and a second located between Barataria Blvd and 10th Avenue. A one way road is created to provide independent access to the cafe and the farm. The farm is organized by a grid that separates and organizes the main functions. The first aim is to locate different activities in the area close to the cafe to integrate the farm as much as possible with community activities, such as the market and learning programs. The area close to the north side of the building contains an array of activities such as an herb farm, market, and seating areas, all integrated within the larger idea of the campus use. The market will play a key role in generating economic support for the farm and the cafe itself while at the same time attracting community members to the site.

The second and larger area will be developed through a sustainable farming model with the idea to use it’s produce at Cafe Hope and the market. The idea is to generate continuous interaction between visitors, residents, workers, and people who operate in the Campus. The main vision is to generate programs that seek the highest integration between the farm, the people that operate it, and the visitors.



Project Lead

Marcella Del Signore

Project Team

Research and Design Team:
Kristian Mizes, TCC intern
Travis Bost, TCC intern
Jason Liu, TCC intern
Thomas J Bogan, TCC intern

Consultants:
Pierre Stouse, structural consultant
Mike Ducote, electrical consultant
Chuck Sardi, mechanical consultant



cafe

The Tulane City Center partnered with Catholic Charities to develop a programmatic strategy for the Madonna Manor building located at Hope Haven Campus. The project integrates three community based programs (Jefferson Parish Care Center, Cafe Hope, and Hope Haven Farm) in one cohesive plan to help revitalize and reactivate the Campus.

Jefferson Care Center will provide temporary shelter for homeless people, as well as programs to reintegrate families in the community. Cafe Hope will be a fully operational service restaurant and will run as a social entrepreneurship business model that will offer job skills for at risk youth. Hope Haven Farm will develop a sustainable biodiversity farming model to support the Cafe and to promote initiatives to produce and buy local products. The Farm and Cafe will act as a collaborative platform for the community to help revitalize the iconic Westbank architectural landmark. The City Center has been involved in the schematic design of Cafe Hope, and has worked with all of the project’s collaborators to devise a site strategy and strategic goals to make the project a reality.



Project Lead

Marcella Del Signore

Project Team

Research and Design Team:
Kristian Mizes, TCC intern
Travis Bost, TCC intern
Jason Liu, TCC intern
Thomas J Bogan, TCC intern

Consultants:
Pierre Stouse, structural consultant
Mike Ducote, electrical consultant
Chuck Sardi, mechanical consultant