Here are some of the photos that I keep thinking of.
This man is a professor at Tulane. He gave us a tour of his studio and then of the Jean Laffitte Bayou.
Here are some of features of his “urban sustainable agriculture garden. The idea is to utilize space and resources (such as rainwater and trash) instead of waste it.
This serves two purposes, it funnels water and it’s a planting spot. It’s made of recycled plastic bottles (as you can see).
These benches are made from recycled materials as well. He and his students almost got arrested when they went to the dump to find them. These were made by his architecture students (whom have as much say as anyone in saving the environment and utilizing space).
Then we went to the Bayou. It was breathtaking.
Just twenty minutes out of the city.
And at the end of the tour he told us the story of Jean Laffite, a Pirate who helped the Americans secure New Orleans from the French. The story goes that he and his fellow pirates were discontented with the trading with the French in New Orleans so they decided to fight with the Americans. The day of the battle, the Americans were getting mad because the pirates were no where to be found. Just as the French were about to overtake them, Jean Lafitte and his band of pirates came running through the bayou like banshees (where they had been hiding all along) and they helped the Americans win the war.
As he finished telling us this story, the sun began to set.
There are more stories to come.
🙂 Thanks for reading.