A DOCUMENTARY SERIES following a group of Tulane University architecture students as they design and build a single-family home in a low-income neighborhood of New Orleans has been airing on the Sundance Channel.
Filmed during the 2007-2008 school year, Architecture School takes viewers through the construction of the third home in Tulane's URBANbuild program. Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of New Orleans, a partner in the program, ultimately owns the house and sells it to a low- or moderate-income family.
“The program provides students with an invaluable opportunity to learn about the realities of developing affordable housing and the practical experience of building a house,” says Lauren Anderson, CEO of NHS. “It has given us an opportunity to test building systems and energyefficiency techniques. We've used a different building system for each of three houses built under the program.”