The Urban Landscape Lab (ULL) is a research and service‑learning center at the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at LSU. The center’s mission is to design and build projects in urban areas that promote the development of innovative, healthy and environmentally sustainable landscapes and to provide hands‑on learning opportunities for LSU students. The current focus within the lab is expanding the New Orleans Schoolyard Project.
Urban Landscape Lab Personnel
Wes Michaels, Director
New Orleans Schoolyard Project
The New Orleans Schoolyard Project is a collaborative effort to design and build healthy, educational and sustainable schoolyards for public schools in New Orleans. Well-designed school environments promote learning, increase activity levels and improve the overall health and well-being of students. This project focuses on developing innovative design solutions that make children more active in order to combat childhood obesity, develop environmentally sustainable campuses, and engage the school children in design exercises. The Prevention Research Center at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has collaborated with the ULL to research the impact of schoolyard design on children’s health and activity levels. The New Orleans Schoolyard Project has worked with the Priestly School for Architecture and Construction and the Martin Luther King, Jr. School for Science and Technology and is currently partnering with KIPP New Orleans Schools.
Viet Village Urban Farm Project
The Viet Village Urban Farm project is located in east New Orleans, a Vietnamese‑American community with long ties to this area of New Orleans. Over 90 percent of the pre‑Katrina population has returned to this area. The Viet Village Urban Farm is an urban farming project on 21acres of land located at the center of the community. The farm will support both household farming, and producing crops for local consumption, as well as commercial crops for distribution to local New Orleans restaurants. Educational and recreational activities are also incorporated into the design to create a project that will be the new center of this urban community. This project is being developed in collaboration with the City Center at Tulane University.