Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design at Tulane School of Architecture

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Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design at Tulane School of Architecture (formerly Tulane City Center) is nationally renowned for strategic partnerships with non-profit organizations in the Greater New Orleans community to advance high quality Public Interest Designs. Small Center's work is driven by citizen’s ideas and input and involves the faculty and students of the Tulane School of Architecture as well as many departments across Tulane University. The Small Center’s mission has been to educate, advocate and provide design services to New Orleans neighborhoods and non-profit clients who are traditionally severely under-resourced and underserved by the design disciplines. We continue to believe in the public necessity of design and its broad and popular access to all citizens. As a result the work is characterized by deep citizen engagement in the planning and design decisions that will affect their lives.

As the primary venue for outreach projects at the Tulane School of Architecture, the center enjoys a broad range of partnerships with numerous off-campus community-based and civic organizations. Each of these partnerships provides opportunities for faculty and students to engage real issues in real communities and participate in the life of our city.

The items in this collection document each collaborative project between Small Center and the local partner. Each project contains a booklet with designs, plans, drawings, and photographs. Supplemental materials (photographs, documents, videos) related to the projects are also included.

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NOmod: A Sustainable Classroom for Mobile New Orleans Design High School
Small Center (then Tulane City Center) partnered with high school students, environmentalists, and a modular manufacturer combined efforts to design a portable, adaptable, sustainable classroom for New Orleans' post-storm school fluxtuations., baronne@tulane.edu
NOmod: A Sustainable Modular Classroom for New Orleans
Small Center (then Tulane City Center) partnered with high school students, environmentalists, and a modular manufacturer combined efforts to design a portable, adaptable, sustainable classroom for New Orleans' post-storm school fluxtuations., baronne@tulane.edu
Open Classroom Visioning Document
The project envisions a multi-purpose open classroom on the former site of a 9/11 Memorial, a project doomed by the aftermath of hurricane Katrina on Tulane University's Uptown Campus. It is a reincarnation of the memorial as a Temple of Sustainable Technology and Education, reflecting the milieu of the post-9/11, post-Katrina society., baronne@tulane.edu
Oretha Castle Haley Corridor Tree Canopy Mapping Kit
The historic neighborhood of Central City has been changing rapidly in the past few years, especially along the commercial corridor of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. This packet is part of a toolkit to document the existing tree canopy in the area. The resulting map of this effort will be used as a tool for future investigations of the neighborhood and to advocate for improved streetscapes., baronne@tulane.edu
Parisite Skatepark
In 2010, a group of skaters got together and started a Do-It-Yourself skatepark at the intersection of Interstate 6-10 and Paris Avenue. The skaters approached Small Center for technical assistance in protecting the park and design assistance in continuing its build out., baronne@tulane.edu
Parisite Skatepark
In 2010, a group of skaters got together and started a Do-It-Yourself skatepark at the intersection of Interstate 6-10 and Paris Avenue. The skaters approached Small Center for technical assistance in protecting the park and design assistance in continuing its build out., baronne@tulane.edu
S1X
Small Center (then Tulane City Center) partnered with Pyramid Wellness Institute to increase awareness and use of mental health resources in New Orleans., baronne@tulane.edu
Sankofa Mobile Market
In collaboration with Sankofa CDC, Small Center worked to design and build a mobile market that draws in customers, provides functional and durable food display, and offers sun protection while physically representing Sankofa's brand., baronne@tulane.edu
Small Center: Year in Review 2015 - 2016
The Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design is the community design center of the Tulane School of Architecture. This booklet is Small Center's 2015-2016 Annual Report, and catalogs projects completed in this time period., baronne@tulane.edu
Smart Transit For A Strong Economy: Why New Orleans Should Invest In A CBD Transit Hub
Working with Ride New Orleans, Small Center created the report, "Smart Transit for a Strong Economy: Why New Orleans Should Invest in a CBD Transit Hub," which advocated for the design of a transit-centric public space at critical intersections., baronne@tulane.edu
Sponsorship Opportunities: Dew Drop Inn - Preservation & Restoration
The Dew Drop Inn complex, located at 2836-2840 La Salle Street in Central City, represents one of the most significant music heritage sites in New Orleans. Recent collaboration amongst several dynamic partners has led to the attached proposal for historic renovation, programmatic revitalization, education, and building economic opportunity for local residents., baronne@tulane.edu
St. Bernard Green Research and Concept Presentation: 8 July 2010, TCC + NOFFN
A village green is a common open area which is a part of a settlement. Traditionally, such an area was often common grass land at the centre of a small agricultural settlement, used for grazing and sometimes for community events. Some may also have a pond, originally for watering stock. The green is traditionally at a central location and provides an open-air meeting place for the people of a village, for example at times of celebration, or for public ceremonies. The common use of the term village green reflects a perception of a rural, agricultural idyllic past. However the actuality of such locations always has been very wide, and can encompass woodland, moorland, sports grounds, and even in part buildings and roads. They may also be positioned far from the centre of the community, especially if the community has moved, or been absorbed into a larger settlement., baronne@tulane.edu
A Study Of Behavioral Health Resources And Public Schools In New Orleans
Small Center collaborated with the Recovery School District to conduct an investigation that presents the relationship between behavioral health facilities and schools in New Orleans. The study used geographic information systems (GIS) to examine spatial relationships between the two decentralized systems, and qualitative data in the form of interviews to develop an understanding of the panorama of issues related to connecting behavioral health services with school aged children., baronne@tulane.edu
[sub]urban SKATE, City Park, New Orleans
Like much of New Orleans, City Park - one of the nation's largest and oldest urban parks - must undergo extensive redevelopment Post-Katrina. The park's new Master Plan 2018 identifies and outlines many opportunities to rebuild and redefine the existing park landscape. Looking towards the future, City Park planners have recognized the need to add fresh programs to the park that will attract a new generation of users. In order to embrace new cultures and sub-cultures, City Park has allotted a generous portion of open space to a new skating facility for use by both skateboarders and roller skaters alike. This step towards embracing new user groups and encouraging diversity and growth manifests the park's mission to "preserve and improve park spaces for recreational, educational, cultural, and beautifi cation purposes.", baronne@tulane.edu
Teaching Responsible Earth Education Remedial Water Strategy
Situated along the Little Tchefuncta River outside Covington, Louisiana on Lake Pontchartrain's North Shore, Teaching Responsible Earth Education (T.R.E.E.) is an organization that provides curriculum based, environmental education to students in Orleans and adjoining Parishes. Upwards of 50 students in grades 5 and 7 spend 4 to 5 days at T.R.E.E.'s 22.5-acre training ground. Under the instruction of Sue Brown, the executive director, and others, the students are exposed to the systems on Earth through thought provoking activities in the natural environment on site. This engagement creates the impulsion for children to make wiser decisions on how to preserve the diversity of our natural world and to make informed choices to live more lightly on our planet., baronne@tulane.edu
Tulane City Center Strategic Plan, 2015-2020
The Strategic Plan outlining the next five years of Small Center (then Tulane City Center), 2015-2020., baronne@tulane.edu

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