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‘Biloxi Treehouse Project’ published in Cityscape


Guess what! I recently had an article published. It’s in a HUD journal called Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research.

About Cityscape: The goal of Cityscape is to bring high-quality original research on housing and community development issues to scholars, government officials, and practitioners. Cityscape is published three times a year by the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Cityscape Volume 10, Number 3 is entitled, “Design and Disaster: Higher Education Responds to Hurricane Katrina.” My article is entitled:

‘Biloxi Treehouse Project’

You can read the the full article online. It’s essentially an overview of the design/build process on Patty’s house, a project I’ve been working on since I got here. Bryan Bell, who helped run the initial design/build studio, suggested I submit an article to Cityscape.

Abstract: When a group of students and designers took on the task of rebuilding Patricia Broussard’s East Biloxi home, they knew that building an elevated home to a high standard of quality and sustainability on a very limited budget would require a new approach. The project, known as “the treehouse,” became a laboratory for collaboration among students, designers, construction professionals, and volunteers seeking new solutions to these problems. The techniques explored and lessons learned will contribute to a higher standard for rebuilding along the Gulf Coast. [Full article]

There are several other interesting articles in this issue:

  • “Working With Experience” by David Perkes and Christine Gaspar. This article addresses the work of Mississippi State University’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio to help families in Biloxi, Mississippi, after Hurricane Katrina damaged homes in the city. A very good summary of the history and values of the GCCDS, where I work!
  • “A Sustainable Housing Response to Hurricane Katrina” by John Quale and Kristina L. Iverson. This article describes the collaborative experience of the ecoMOD project at the University of Virginia (UVA) and Habitat for Humanity® International as they developed a prototypical ecological, prefabricated, and affordable home for a family along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.
  • “Principles of Engagement: (mis)Understanding the Community-Design Studio” by Kathleen A. Dorgan. This article provides an overview of the benefits and challenges to universities and communities of design schools undertaking university-based community-design projects and suggests an ethical and practical framework for the planning, management, and evaluation of these studios.


One thought on “‘Biloxi Treehouse Project’ published in Cityscape

  1. Wow, Vincent. Congrats! Mighty impressive..with “Baudoin” as the header? You need to teach me how to write.
    And I love the inclusion of Frank Gehry ; )

    Posted by eugeniaclark | December 30, 2008, 10:14 pm

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