The Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED) is an organization focused on community resiliency via food security, education of the population returning to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and coastal sustainability. CSED aims to develop environmental education, centralize community leadership, organize community outreach, and connect visitors with their natural and built surroundings.  

CSED is creating an Environmental Learning & Research Center along Florida Ave. near the intersection of Caffin. The site will allow CSED to bolster its mission by hosting educational workshops and environmental research.

CSED partnered with the Tulane City Center to build Phase 1 of the project. Focused on creating an interactive landscape alongside a pavilion, students and faculty worked for 12 weeks to complete the design/build process as part of the Spring 2015 TCC|build Studio. The site is now ready to host educational programming, including water management demonstrations and native planting, and now serves as the launch point for bayou kayak tours.

Phase 2 will include the placement of an already-completed modular classroom.  Designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in partnership with the US Green Building Council, the classroom features sustainable materials and demonstrates water collection. The classroom will be placed on site during Phase 2, once its foundation is complete.

Professional photos by Michael Wong. 

Spring 2015


Project Team

Marielle Asenjo
Andrew Balfe
James Ball

Lolade Frankel
Lindsay Girardeau

Zoe Grosshandler
Alec Herskowitz
Logan Leggett
Samuel Naylor
Scott Mikawa
Gustavo Rodas

Melinda Telford
Seth Voiron




Project Leads

Tom Holloman

TCC Support

Emilie Taylor
Nick Jenisch
John Coyle


Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development (CSED)

Special thanks to 

Walter Zehner
Dash Lumber