Can cleaning vacant lots cause a chain of events that curbs child abuse or stops a teen from falling victim to violence? That’s the provocative question behind a new research project to study whether maintaining vacant lots and fixing up blighted properties in high-crime areas reduces incidents of youth and family violence. The National Institutes of Health awarded Tulane a $2.3 million grant to test the theory in New Orleans.https://tulane.it/blight-study-2018
The School of Architecture and the A. B. Freeman School of Business have initiated a double-track master’s degree program leading to a Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development and a Master of Business Administration. The A. B. Freeman School of Business’ new one-year Master of Business Analytics program provides students with the skills to transform large, complex data sets into the clear information managers need to make business decisions. The School of Social Work has a new online Master of Social Work program.
Emmanuel Rotich never set out to be a competitive cross country runner, yet running was a big part of his life. Growing up in the remote village of Rift Valley, Kenya, he would run to school each morning and back home each evening. In between, he’d run home for lunch and then back to school for afternoon classes.
Associate Professor of Architecture Margarita Jover recently won an international design competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for her proposal, “Vertebrando,” a reimagining of the space and use of a 1.3-mile section of elevated highway, which has bisected a historically poor and underserved community for decades.
My experience at Tulane was amazingly unique, as I saw both sides of the Vietnam War coin. I had been wounded in combat alongside tough, courageous Marines. Twenty months later, I was at Tulane among America’s elite and privileged youth, witnessing the weekly protests against the war. Looking back, each experience was equally invaluable toward my maturity.
The national Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture named the School of Architecture’s Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design one of only four recipients of its Collaborative Practice Award for 2018–19.
The award highlights the Small Center’s 13 years of design-build projects and engagement programs, in particular the Parasite Skatepark project, a New Orleans park that officially opened in 2015 following years of efforts by local skaters to establish a recreation space. http://tulane.it/skatepark-project
Marianne Desmarais, School of Architecture professor of practice and director of undergraduate architecture programs, has been named an Artist-in-Residence for 2019 at the Joan Mitchell Center in the historic Treme neighborhood in New Orleans. A residency, Desmarais said, changes not only an artist’s work but the artist themselves. “The experience of an art residency feels simultaneously like time sped up and time slowed down.”