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Finally, a reality show that doesn't suck
by Katy Purviance on 09/13/08 @ 01:14:29 pm
Categories: News | 270 words | 2519 views

Have you heard of the reality TV show Tulane University did?

It’s called “Architecture School.”

You guessed it. It’s all the drama, the pathos, the blood, sweat, and tears of architecture school dressed up into convenient 25 minute episodes. And, if that wasn’t enough, it’s on the Sundance channel, so you know it’ll be extra-good.

The six-part series from creators Michael Selditch and Stan Bertheaud follows a group of students at Tulane University’s prestigious School of Architecture as they submit competing designs for an affordable home in Katrina-battered New Orleans. The stakes are high: the winning model will be built during the course of the school year and put up for sale, enabling one fledgling architect to begin his or her career with a high-profile splash.

ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL opens a window onto the art and science of architecture while telling a unique and uplifting story about the literal rebuilding of New Orleans. Filmed during the 2007-2008 school year, the series follows the construction of the third home in Tulane University’s URBANbuild program, which offers fourth-year architecture students the opportunity to design and build a low-cost single-family home over the course of the school year. Founded in 2005, URBANbuild is a partnership between Tulane’s School of Architecture and Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans (N.H.S.), a nonprofit agency that works to restore urban neighborhoods.

I’m game. But what if, like me, you don’t have a TV? Oh, they thought of that too. You can watch clips on the Sundance channel, or, if you have the time, you can watch a full episode on Hulu.

P.S. Read the comments on Hulu!

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I am starting a new kind of architecture school. Unlike most architecture schools, you wouldn't have to submit GRE scores or good grades or letters of recommendation. You wouldn't have to put the rest of your life on hold for 3 to 5 years. You wouldn't have to accrue tens of thousands of dollars in debt. At my architecture school, anyone could come for a few weeks and learn how to build a house with their own two hands. My teachers would take skills and concepts from some of these other workshops I've listed above... except classes would be held year-round to make it easy to fit into your schedule. I would have a number of different campuses around the country that would teach building designs appropriate to the local climate. And I need your help. Can you donate land for a campus? Can you dotate books for a library? Can you teach a workshop? Can you provide start-up capital? Let me know.

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