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School of Architecture Involved in New Orleans Recovery Project

September 18, 2006

School of Architecture Joins Consortium to Help Rebuild New Orleans


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ARLINGTON—The School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington has announced its participation in a collaborative effort with more than a dozen other architectural schools across the nation to help rebuild New Orleans.

The 3-year project, called CITYbuild, is aimed at not only rebuilding the city’s buildings, but also its culture, and includes other universities such as Tulane, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California.

Planning is expected to get underway this fall, with work beginning in 2007.

“The goal of the various participating schools is to create an effective collaboration up to the scale of the needs and tasks to be done,” said Architecture Dean Donald Gatzke, who came to UT Arlington from Tulane. “We want we want to absolutely make sure that what we do is of actual help to the residents of New Orleans, and that we’re not just getting in the way.”

The consortium’s long-range plans do, however, include ongoing outreach efforts to other disaster-ridden areas around the country.

Gatzke added that funding for the project will come from participating universities, which includes part of a $300,000 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant from Tulane, the project’s headquarters.

Each university must make a commitment to the consortium by Sept. 15. Once finalized, the consortium is expected to meet later this month.

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