The Gulf Climate Futures Studio course at Tulane University guides students in studying environmental issues and designing climate-friendly solutions to inform planning in the Gulf Coast Region.
School: Tulane University School of Architecture
Course: Gulf Climate Futures, Gulf Research Studio Program, supported by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Location: New Orleans, USA
Course dates: August 2024 to May 2025
Application deadline: 15 January 2024
The Gulf Climate Futures Studio funded by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Gulf Research Program serves as a think tank to reflect on and to remediate the degradation caused by current inhabitation patterns in the Gulf Coast Region.
Led by faculty Liz Camuti and Margarita Jover, the studio is organized as a road map to produce a climate adaptation plan for the region, from Houston, Texas, to Mobile, Alabama, which will be able to catalyze funds for implementation.
Graduate and upper-level undergraduate students explore critical issues in the three areas of focus defined by the Gulf Research Program – offshore energy production, environmental protection, and human health and community resilience.
The aim of the first two years of study was to work collectively to generate innovative future scenarios and associated design projects that may help advise the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine investments in the long-term transformation of the region that will utilize design to move away from 'extractivism' and its pernicious effects on people and ecology.
The third year of the studio will centre around identifying and working with identified community partners in the region to further advance select design projects toward implementation.
Top image: Pondlines: Retrofitting Legacy Oil Infrastructure for Productive Wastewater Treatment, by Leah Bohatch, Fall 2022, courtesy of Tulane School of Architecture
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