DesCours was an annual city-wide New Orleans architecture and art event that spanned five years from 2007-2011. This project was developed, curated and directed by Melissa Urcan CEO/President of LERATA. Original project description for the 2007 event, and original guide files, maps, artists installations, and event images are all available below.
DesCours is an eight-day, contemporary architecture and art event that looks towards the future in showcasing cutting-edge, new media and interactive installations while embracing New Orleans’ rich cultural heritage. During DesCours, internationally recognized architects, designers, artists and musicians will transform spaces, both ‘hidden’ and public, within the French Quarter and Central Business District into destination places for visitors and locals alike. DesCours’ ‘hidden’ exhibition spaces include private courtyards located in the historic French Quarter; special spaces not usually afforded to the public. In the Central Business District, building lobbies and walkways, many in the process of renovation and hiding a rich architectural fabric, are reinvented as installation sites. The qualities of these locations as being less traveled, and often hidden from general public view, were chosen as perfect locales for DesCours installations and events.
New Orleans has always had strong ties to its music and musicians. DesCours, celebrating the new and cutting-edge while still embracing New Orleans’ rich traditions, is the perfect event to showcase these talents. Local musicians have been paired with architects, designers and artists whose work will be shown throughout walkways and courtyards within the French Quarter. In addition to being entertained by some of New Orleans’ best musicians, event-goers will witness how each performance interacts with, complements and enhances the other DesCours events.
AIA New Orleans is proud to offer DesCours to the residents and visitors of New Orleans. This event is the result of an extensive collaboration between numerous organizations, artists, musicians, designers and architects. We would like to thank our sponsors, including the Downtown Development District and Renew our Music, who have helped to make this event possible. It is through the generous assistance of our sponsors that this event is open to the public and also free of charge. We would also like to thank all of the artists, musicians and architects involved in DesCours. We are thrilled to present such a stellar group of talented designers and creators. Spanning eight-days, there is time to visit DesCours more than once, and we hope all who visit will take the time to see and hear every exciting installation, musical interpretation and artistic creation presented.