Fall 2021 Fourth-Year Architecture Studio
Mound Bayou Master Planning and Community Center Design
Dr. Chris Hunter’s fourth-year studio was challenged with addressing the needs of Mound Bayou, a town in the Mississippi Delta founded by former slaves to establish a self-sustaining community. The town thrived after the Civil War, producing high-quality cotton, providing education for the region, and offering a variety of business opportunities, including a stable banking system. During this time, Mound Bayou had a population of 8,000 citizens.
Today, Mound Bayou is a community of approximately 1,400. Efforts to revitalize the town include plans to develop Mississippi Delta tourism attractions and a training center that reflects the progressive employment opportunities that led the region’s economy during its heyday.
View photos from the studio some of the preliminary work below.