Since Katrina there has been an influx of creative minds and generous donations to the city of New Orleans. The Tulane School of Architecture has utilized the countries re-kindled love of their hometown to finance several design build projects. With encouragement and support from the faculty, these projects are led and executed by students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Through the City Center and UrbanBuild programs, Tulane School of archtecture has created an impressive portfolio of built works and created a Design+Build culture that applicants and magazines are noticing.
Though the several completed houses are innovative and beautiful, I was particularly enthralled my past visit with the Hollygrove Growers Pavilion. What started with a raised garden on an abandoned parking lot has developed into a beautiful market and a source of income for the surrounding neighborhood. The farmers, typically professional during the week and volunteer on the weekend, have managed to produce an wide variety of veggies in the heart of New Orleans. For only $25 market goers can fill their box or bag brought from home with a weeks worth of in-season, locally grown goods. The pavilion (pictured above) was designed and built by Tulane architecture students. Much more than a tool shed, the pavilion serves to educate the community on rain water collection and green design practices. As of the end of 2009, the market was only open on Saturdays. Judging by the demand, I’m expecting expanded hours soon!
For hours, events, and location, visit the markets official website.