DesCours 2010

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 2010 event, and original guide files, maps, artists installations, and event images are all available below.

DesCours is a free, public, ten-day architecture and art event now in its fourth year, held the second week of December in New Orleans. This event invites internationally renowned architects and artists to create 15 architecture installations within ‘hidden’ locations in the heart of New Orleans, including private courtyards, rooftops, abandoned buildings and walkways, all locations normally unseen, inaccessible, or unused by the public.

DesCours is unique in that it provides a platform for experimentation within the architectural field, showcasing architecture installations that use new materials, methods, technology and interactivity. DesCours presents an opportunity for viewing contemporary design within a historic setting by way of juxtaposition, thereby exposing the elegance achieved in the careful articulation of contrasting old and new. On a local scale, DesCours highlights the culturally rich fabric of New Orleans as a great backdrop for forward-thinking structural innovations that nod towards the future of architectural possibilities.

DesCours provides much more than a series of innovative architecture installations, in that it also invites musicians to perform nightly within the sites. This pairing of local musical talent, historic settings, and inventive architecture installations creates a truly one-of-a-kind experience that invites audiences to see, hear, and experience these previously obscure spaces in a new light.

Throughout DesCours many special events are held, including a VIP Preview party, a press event, a fashion show, and celebration events for the opening and closing including a Second Line Parade throughout the French Quarter. New this year are podcast (recorded) and docent-led (live) tours which aim to expand the experience for the visitors even further, and also reach greater audiences.

AIA New Orleans is presenting the event in partnership with the Downtown Development District (DDD), the City of New Orleans, the Louisiana Architecture Foundation, and numerous private businesses, organizations, and individuals. AIA New Orleans is proud to present this event free of charge and open to the public.

Melissa Urcan

DesCours Director and Curator

 

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