Tulane University Hosts Institute on City Design for Southern Mayors

April 8, 2010

Kathryn Hobgood Ray
Phone: 504-865-5229

The Tulane Regional Urban Design Center will welcome eight mayors from cities across the South April 21-23, when Tulane University hosts the Southern Regional Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. This event is an opportunity for mayors and nationally recognized design professionals to share information and ideas about planning and urban design issues within each city. Among the attending experts are architects, developers, engineers, preservationists and landscape architects.

Grover E. Mouton, the director of the center and a professor in the Tulane School of Architecture, was recently awarded a $50,000 grant to host the session, with additional support by the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Mayors attending the institute represent Fayetteville and Pine Bluff, Ark., Edmond, Okla., Sunrise, Fla., Decatur, Ala., Monroe, La., Chapel Hill, N.C. and Gulfport, Miss. Each mayor will have an opportunity to present a design and planning challenge faced by their town or city.  Design and development experts from across the country will analyze each mayor’s presented project and provide immediate feedback and potential design solutions. 

Victor Henderson Ashe, former mayor of Knoxville, Tenn., and former ambassador to Poland, will deliver the keynote address. As mayor of Knoxville, Ashe initiated a program called "Penny for the Parks" to create a trust fund for city parks, greenways and historic preservation.

More than 50 mayors have attended Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) sessions hosted at Tulane. Mouton has a long history with the MICD, a forum funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the American Architectural Foundation.  He worked with the NEA in the early 1990s to create the regional MICD sessions, allowing the program to focus not only on large cities, but on those small and mid-sized regional cities which typically have less resources to fund planning and design.                          

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