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Ozanam Inn – Fall Project Launch

Tulane School of Architecture students working on stools for the spring 2016 design/build studio, the renovation of Community Book Center.

Tulane School of Architecture students working on stools for the spring 2016 design/build studio, the renovation of Community Book Center.

The Albert Jr. and Tina Small City Center at Tulane School of Architecture is excited to announce a new collaborative design project with the local organization, Ozanam Inn. 

For over sixty years, Ozanam Inn has provided emergency night shelter and services for the homeless and under-served within New Orleans. Ozanam Inn fulfills the basic human needs of food, shelter, and clothing; additionally, Ozanam Inn provides case management and counseling, job and life skills training and placement, dental and mental healthcare treatment (in partnership with Tulane and LSU Medical and Dental Schools), and legal counsel to its clients. Over the past three years, Ozanam Inn has helped more than 300 individuals and families move into permanent housing, and assisted over 150 men gain employment with local companies. 

Thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor, City Center will work with Ozanam Inn in Fall 2016 to transform the current daytime gathering area into a more comfortable, functional, and visually appealing place for clients. We’ll be collaborating with staff, clients, and stakeholders to design and build a space that supports the great work that everyone at Ozanam Inn is doing to improve lives in New Orleans.

We’re excited to get to work this fall semester, with a new krewe of students and exciting new partners. We hope to see all of you at City Center to celebrate the completion of this project with us!

For more information about Ozanam Inn, please visit their website here. 

Media Contact

Sue Mobley 

504–314–2330

smobley@tulane.edu

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RFP 2016 Recipients Chosen!

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RFP 2016 Recipients Chosen!

Thanks to generous support from Johnson Controls Incorporated, City Center and Tulane School of Architecture faculty and students can provide pro-bono design and planning services to these two New Orleans based non-profit and community-based organizations during the 2016-17 school year.

This year, our jury had an incredibly hard time selecting only two projects!  We’d like to thank Judith Kinnard, Rashida Ferdinand, Natan Diacon-Furtado, Michael Cunningham, Shaquita Borden, Scott Bernhard, Allison Schiller, and Saundra Reed for sharing their time and talents with us in making this decision.

Edible School Yard New Orleans students

Edible School Yard New Orleans students

Our visioning/planning project partner,  Edible Schoolyard New Orleans (ESYNOLA), is a signature program of FirstLine Schools and provides K-12 students across FirstLine’s five open enrollment schools in New Orleans with a rich array of experiences that will prepare them for success in school and in life.

Additionally, Edible Schoolyard New Orleans delivers hands-on, curriculum-based environmental science and cooking classes to students and special garden and food education events each year for students and families. The mission of ESYNOLA is to teach children to make healthy connections through food. City Center will work with ESYNOLA in Fall 2016 to develop a design plan for the Garden Kitchen Classroom at Firstline’s Phillis Wheatley Community School in Tremé, developing design concepts that will serve as a tool to help secure funding for the outdoor multi-use weather-proof classroom. ESYNOLA anticipates that City Center’s design will answer such challenges as managing storm-water and irrigation, connecting with the culinary history of the neighborhood, and building stronger relationships with students’ parents and families, and with the school community.  

Big Class students in the Writer’s Room

Big Class students in the Writer’s Room

Our design/build project collaborator, Big Class, works to cultivate and support the voices of New Orleans’ writers ages 6-18 through creative collaborations with schools and communities. In Big Class programs, from the city-wide Pizza Poetry Project to after-school and in-school workshops, young people become published authors with the support of caring mentors, building their arsenal of literacy skills and boosting their confidence in the process. One of Big Class’s largest programs to date, the Writer’s Room at Sylvanie Williams College Prep (SWCP) reaches over 350 students annually. Currently, the Writers’ Room offers pre-K - 7th grade students a safe, quiet place to collaborate with volunteers, write and get feedback on their writing, attend writing clubs, and read other students’ published works.

City Center will work with Big Class in Spring 2017 to design and renovate the current Writer’s Room into a modular space that will inspire young people at SWCP to tell their stories and remind them that their voices matter, as well as enlarge the room to accommodate SWCP’s expansion into 8th grade in the 2017-2018 school year. As the only open room in the school, the new room will also serve as storage for art supplies, host professional development sessions for teachers, and occasionally host related service-providers like occupational therapy and counseling.

We’re excited to get to work this fall semester, and we hope to see all of you at City Center to celebrate the completion of these projects with us!

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Public Interest Design Summer Fellowship 2016

City Center’s Public Interest Design Fellowship offers an opportunity to nurture young designers who seek to dedicate their careers to serving the public interest. Over the course of an intensive 8-week Fellowship, PID Fellows put their design education into practice by offering focused design support to advance community driven projects and working in collaboration with real stakeholders. Over the summer, the Fellows refine professional design and communication skills applicable to future careers in the discipline, while developing a nuanced and holistic perspective on the impact of community based design work can have on the quality of life.

This summer, City Center has partnered with four different organizations – Lead Exposure Assessment for Drinking Water Study (LEAD Study), Education Research Alliance (ERA), Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA), and Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) – to complete graphic design projects that will be used for advocacyand education. Below are the design questions guiding each project: 

LEAD: How can we create visual tools explaining the dangers of chronic lead exposure to low-income residents in New Orleans and to inspire residents to take action to protect themselves?

ERA: How can we use mapping to identify how a decentralized charter school system could better interface with a decentralized healthcare systems? 

GNOHA: How can we develop visual tools to educate the public about the benefits of high density housing?

GNOFHAC: How could visual tools advocate for the creation of a safe housing ordinance?

Please join us at 1725 Baronne from 4-6 pm on Friday, July 22nd, to celebrate the culmination of the fellowship and our summer projects! Food and drinks provided. RSVP here or by emailing dpeabody@tulane.edu. 

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EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT! REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS 2016

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EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT! REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS 2016

Hey New Orleans community-based organizations!

 Have an idea for a design or planning project you want to get started? We want to hear from you!

A jury will select two different local projects and TCC will provide them with free design and planning services. 

To qualify for the program, you must:

1. Be based in New Orleans 2. Be a non-profit organization (or operate under the sponsorship of another non-profit). 3. Have a specific design or planning project

Important Dates:

Tuesday, April 12th 2016, at 6pm: Come talk to the staff at Tulane City Center about the application process, tips for writing the proposal, and more! Our info session will be held at 1725 Baronne St.

Friday, May 13th 2016: Proposals are due to the TCC no later than Friday, May 13th, 2016.

Friday, June 17th 2016: The TCC will let all applicants know of their selection no later than June 17th.

For more detailed information about the application process and proposal requirements, please see the link below.

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Hot Off the Press: Tulane City Center's Strategic Plan

After 10 years of designing, collaborating, and educating, the Tulane City Center has released our Strategic Plan for the next 5 years! Thanks to all of our partner organizations, students, faculty, staff, and collaborators for the thoughtful examination of our work and for helping us chart the forward course. We are grateful for our partners and the work we've done together and excited about new partnerships and projects ahead! Thanks too to Annette Hollowell and Hamilton Simons-Jones for leading us through the planning process.

The Strategic Plan is below or available for download on ISSUU


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