The architecture students and many New Orleans residents become concerned about neighborhood crime and the lack of security in the house's design. Also: Barack Obama visits Tulane and talks of rebuilding New Orleans.
Construction of the new house begins with hard labor and low-tech digging; an enthusiastic buyer considers purchasing the house from the previous year's project, until the dangers of living in parts of New Orleans put the sale in jeopardy.
Architecture students design and build a single-family house in a low-income neighborhood of New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina. In the first episode, Professor Byron Mouton outlines the objectives, including innovation, affordability, a bold design and the use of environmentally friendly materials.