CITYbuild Consortium of Schools
The CITYbuild Consortium emerged in the Fall of 2005 from among a group of design and planning schools seeking to understand how to respond to the overwhelming cleanup and rebuilding needs of a great, but crippled, American city.
August 2005–June 2006
Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing federal levee failure flooded 80% of New Orleans. The idea for the CITYbuild Consortium of Schools developed in the Fall of 2005 to address the unprecedented design and rebuilding needs in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing federal levee failure. The CITYbuild Consortium was initiated in January 2006, starting with 10 schools representing the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Planning and Policy, Real Estate Development, Historic Preservation, and Environmental Studies.
Small Center Engagement
Small Center hosted, and was the founding supporter of, the CITYbuild Consortium, and helped partner Consortium members directly with local community groups to address their immediate and long term needs. The CITYbuild Consortium emerged in the Fall of 2005 from among a group of design and planning schools seeking to understand how to respond to the overwhelming cleanup and rebuilding needs of a great, but crippled, American city. In the face of the enormous destruction, the desire to help was met with the unavoidable need to work together. Through multi-disciplinary collaborations and the coordination of work in concentrated areas, it was envisioned that every individual effort might be exponentially increased to meet the scale of need and have a significant impact. And through this work a model for inter-university collaboration might be formalized which could be applied to other urban centers in crisis as a result of natural or man-made disasters.
Design Corps’ mission is to create positive change in communities by providing architecture and planning services. The vision is realized when people are involved in the decisions that shape their lives, including the built environment.
By the end of 2006, CITYbuild had involved 30 national and international design based programs (representing 60 faculty and more than 600 students) partnering with 20 local, community-based organizations. The results of these partnerships include approximately 16 structures built or rehabilitated, from urban furniture to housing, and more than 200 design and project proposals. CITYbuild was a success in the post-storm years in facilitating partnerships but once interest in New Orleans and the Storm passed CITYbuild was put into a ‘dormant phase’ that could be re-established in the next disaster stricken place.
University of Arkansas: School of Architecture
Boston Architectural College: School of Landscape Architecture
Georgia Institute of Technology: College of Architecture
University of Kansas: School of Architecture and Urban Design
University of Kentucky: School of Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Department of Urban Studies and Planning
University of Minnesota: School of Architecture
University of Montana: Environmental Studies Program
University of Southern California: School of Policy, Planning, and Development
University of Texas at Arlington: School of Architecture
University of Texas at Austin: School of Architecture
Tulane School of Architecture
Washington University: College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Wentworth Institute of Technology: Department of Architecture
A Shared Initiative, Inc.
Gert Town Revival Initiative
House of Dance and Feathers
Neighborhood Housing Services
Neighborhood Story Project
Porch Cultural Organization
Ujamaa Community Development Corporation
- Doug Harmon (Director)
- Dan Etheridge (Assistant Director)
Design Corps Fellows
- Sarah Gamble
- Jared Hueter
Press and Awards
Design for the Other 90%
Insurgent Architecture: An Alternative Approach to Design-Build
Journal of Architecture Education
Reinventing New Orleans