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 Tulane Empowers

High school students to learn the business of music
A partnership between Tulane University and The Trombone Shorty Foundation will expand to teach NOLA high schoolers music business savvy.
 
Students work together to rebuild wetlands
Tulane University and Nunez Community College students collaborate to improve water quality.
 
Clinic treats patients and educates students
Tulane medical students run a volunteer clinic each week to provide health care for men with substance abuse problems at Bridge House.
 
Spring Break Volunteers Help Houma Tribe
Students work with United Houma Nation to find “lost” members of the tribe who scattered after the Gulf oil spill and hurricanes.
 
Plans Move Ahead for Grow Dat Youth Farm
Alumna Johanna Gilligan, an Urban Innovator fellow, works to improve the regional food system with help from architecture students.
 
Mobile Clinic Heads to Plaquemines Parish
Crisis response unit will help children and families affected by the BP oil spill.

A tale of two cities

A group of 11 architecture students travel to Japan to explore architectural links between Kyoto and New Orleans 

July 19, 2013

Erika Herran 
eherran@tulane.edu   

“Only in New Orleans” is a phrase often used to express the uniqueness of the Crescent City. But one Tulane University professor believes there is a place with similar quirks—Kyoto, Japan.    

Kentaro Tsubaki, assistant professor of architecture, found the resemblance striking enough to lead a group of 11 students on a trip this summer to study the architectural links between the two cities.

“Architectural decisions have a lot to do with climate,” says Tsubaki. “Kyoto and New Orleans have very humid, almost tropical environments, so their structures follow similar trends.”   

Students on the two-weeklong trip found a machiya, an urban townhouse common in Kyoto, to be comparable to the shotgun homes of New Orleans.   

“The houses have narrow entrances and rooms that line up one behind the other. They’re definitely similar to a shotgun,” says William Nemitoff, a fourth-year architecture student. More...

 

 

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