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Louisiana Futures Exhibition Highlights Coastal Research

Louisiana Futures poster: Louisiana coastline simulated, lists of student names over Gulf water

LSU faculty, with the generous support of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program (GRP), have led four semesters of community-based coursework focused on preparing the next generation of design, architecture and urban development professionals to identify, visualize, explore and propose interdisciplinary design solutions to critical issues. The work is culminating in an exhibition now on view in the LSU Galleries to educate the public in Louisiana.

“The dynamic nature of Louisiana’s coast challenges the well-being of communities with both acute and chronic stressors,” faculty project leaders said. “The capacity to adapt and thrive in the face of such stressors requires innovative frameworks focused on community well-being, responsive design and healthy environments. Addressing these critical challenges calls for creative and interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving.”

Collaborating faculty include Traci Birch, assistant professor of architecture and managing director of the Coastal Ecosystems Studio; Haley Blakeman, assistant professor of landscape architecture and associate director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture; Fabio Capra-Ribeiro, assistant professor of architecture; Clint Wilson, professor of civil & environmental engineering and interim dean of College of the Coast & Environment; and Nicholas Serrano, assistant professor of landscape architecture (now at the University of Florida.)

The exhibition Louisiana Futures: Interdisciplinary Design Studies for a Dynamic Coast highlights the work of LSU students from across the College of Art & Design and the university who have been working with Louisiana communities on some of the most pressing issues facing our state, such as sustainable design practices in the face of environmental changes.

Louisiana Futures is on view now in the Laura and Clark Boyce Gallery, 104 Julian T. White Hall, through April 18, 2024.