An exhibit highlighting the Evolution of the Design/Build process for the BeauSoleil Home and sale of art benefiting the BeauSoleil Louisiana Solar Home will open on Saturday, 11 July at 6:00 pm for ArtWalk at the Architects + Artists exhibition space at 200 Jefferson Street.

Process boards and models which chronicle the two year pursuit undertaken by the TEAM, as well as photographic documentation of the BeauSoleil Louisiana Solar Home and TEAM by Philip Gould will anchor the show. In addition, Louisiana art work available for purchase was selected by TEAM BeauSoleil to accompany the BeauSoleil Home to Washington D.C. for the 2009 Solar Decathlon. The exhibit represents Louisiana’s rich culture and traditions. The art will be hung and displayed in the home during the Solar Decathlon competition in Washington D.C., in October. Following the competition the art will be returned to the patrons. The exhibit will conclude on Wednesday, 12 September.

E'volution BeauSoleil, at Saturday July 11th ArtWalk


Believe in tomorrow, Beginning today.

Beginning in the fall of 2007, students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette began working on conceptual designs and applications for the BeauSoleil Louisiana Solar Home. BeauSoleil, which means “Beautiful Sun” in French, or "Sunshine" in Cajun French, proved to be an ideal namesake for the project. Since its inception, the TEAM which consists of professionals, academics and students all involved in the cultural economy of our state: from architects, to musicians to painters, have worked earnestly to design a culturally relevant, technological hybrid – that advances the traditional homebuilding in our region.

The journey will culminate this October, as the TEAM travels to Washington D.C. for the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. The Solar Decathlon is an international competition in which 20 colleges and universities are chosen to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy- efficient solar-powered home. Once the project is completed here in Lafayette, the home will be partially disassembled and transported to D.C., where it will be re-built on the Washington Mall along with the other competitor’s projects. The TEAM will then operate the home for the duration of the judging between October 7 and 18.

As the BeauSoleil Home takes its place on the global stage, it will bring with it the history and tradition of an entire culture. TEAM BeauSoleil believes in our university, our culture, our state, and our future.

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they choose to believe. Today, we invite you to join us on this journey
– today, we invite you to believe.

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