The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship partners early-career architectural designers with local community development organizations, where they facilitate an inclusive approach to development to create green, sustainable, and affordable communities. As an integral staff member of the organization, the fellow will focus on advancing the organization’s practices in community engagement, sustainability and design excellence.
In the streets of post-Katrina New Orleans, trash heaps became commonplace. Gutted houses framed mountains of soggy sheetrock, worn-out flooring, and tired windows. This refuse provided a visual testament to just how much our residents lost. To properly address this architectural waste, New Orleans needed a comprehensive building material recycling program.
At the 2008 Focus the Nation Exhibit, Tulane City Center collaborated with the Rose Architectural Fellowship to investigate the real world logistics of incorporating salvaged materials for architectural reuse. The team targeted one typical trash pile along a street in a flooded Mid-City neighborhood. Initially, they picked apart the heap of debris to determine the amount and type of refuse generated by a typical gutted house. Then, the team looked at what they could construct with the materials from one single trash heap and considered the possibilities of rebuilding by diverting this waste from the landfill. The team developed a design for a table that would illustrate the new potential embedded within old woodwork built entirely out of the materials found in that single pile. In addition to highlighting the salvage opportunities in post-Katrina New Orleans, this team also demonstrated a feasible strategy for upcycling material waste.