Jeffrey Johnston

The spirit of the Avenue lives on in New Orleans. Although the 1,110-foot-long promenade from the AIA 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition showroom floor has long since been dismantled, it was always meant for bigger and better things. When architecture firm El Dorado designed the Avenue, it partnered with Tulane University’s Urbanbuild program to source materials that could be used post-convention to construct a house in New Orleans. Working under Urbanbuild director Byron Mouton, AIA, students are currently building the structure using the promenade’s 40 overhead signs, lighting, studs, flooring, and 25 A-frames. The students will partner with a local nonprofit to identify the house’s future owners.