Wonder how we can build green in New Orleans? One program at the Tulane School of Architecture is not only asking that question. The program is answering the question with real-world examples.
URBANbuild is an urban design and construction program launched by the School in 2005. Students engaged in URBANbuild studios are assigned to neighborhoods throughout the city to develop creative and sustainable urban design strategies, innovative designs for new housing, historic property inventories, and proposals for site-specific urban interventions and large-scale mixed use urban environments.
As an integral component of the URBANbuild program, students also design and construct a prototypical house for each of the study neighborhoods in partnership with community non-profit agencies that specialize in affordable housing and neighborhood redevelopment. URBANbuild is a laboratory for city research and design, a real generator for urban transformation and revitalization, and a program which directly engages students in the processes of digital fabrication, materials’ research and advanced construction processes and technologies. wikipedia
To see what they have designed so far, visit their projects page. The designs combine traditional architecture of New Orleans (porches and the like) with sustainable building techniques.