September 30, 2011
Following-up on our last post about the upcoming Public Interest Design Institute training program at the Tulane School of Architecture in early-November, the Hollygrove Market & Farm warrants further coverage.
“After Hurricane Katrina, we formed the Carrollton-Hollygrove Community Development Corporation to help residents return to their homes in this neighborhood,” explained Executive Director Paul Baricos in his interview for The Power of Pro Bono book. “We turned our focus to community revitalization as well as housing issues. We saw food justice and food security as an issue in Hollygrove, especially after the storm. There are several corner stores here, but they mostly sell alcohol, cigarettes, and junk food–nothing fresh.” So Baricos partnered with the Tulane School of Architecture and its Tulane City Center on what would become the Hollygrove Market & Farm.
“The pavilion, built by the Tulane students under Cordula Roser Gray of crgarchitecture,” Baricos goes on, “is a shaded space for teaching. The structure serves as an example of environmentally conscious building and has become the centerpiece of the site. People immediately see the pavilion when they first come in. Its materials are brightly colored, and the roof is dramatic. A gutter runs prominently through the roof to collect rainwater and empties into a 1,000-gallon cistern enclosed in translucent Plexiglas. We’re so proud of it; when we give tours or when we talk to anybody about the farm, the pavilion is the first thing we mention.”
Credit: Photo by Will Crocker.
September 30, 2011
The Public Interest Design Institute training program will visit New Orleans for its next convening, November 4-5, 2011. This third official institute will be hosted by the Tulane University School of Architecture, offering in-depth study over two days on methods of how design can address critical issues faced by communities. The PIDI curriculum itself is structured around the Social/Economic/Environmental Design (SEED) metric.
The early-bird registration fee is $350 (a $100 discount), only through October 4, and then $450 thereafter. AIA members are also being offered a 2 for 1 special through October 14 (“AIA241″ promotional code). Click here for more information and to register.
Long a leader in public interest design work, but especially in the years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the Tulane School of Architecture has numerous programs focused on design and service. Chief among them is the Tulane City Center, one of many outcomes of which is the Hollygrove Market & Farm, a community design/build project realized by faculty member Cordula Roser Gray of crgarchitecture along with a team of Tulane students. Credit: Photo by Will Crocker.