DesCours: A Presentation of AIA New Orleans

Courtesy of AIA

DesCours is a free, public, ten-night architecture and art event now in its fifth year, held December 2-December 11 in New Orleans.

This event invites internationally renowned architects and artists to create 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.

More information on the event after the break.

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.

This year’s participants include:

Michael Leaton Beaman (GA | C)
Scott Berger + Rebecca Miller + Kevin Muni (MaMBo)
Travis Bost
Christophe Gauspohl + Mario Schambon
Jennifer Harmon (cyanitecture) + Spencer Kroll + Benjamin Thomas
Casey Hughes + Hiroshi Jacobs
Matt Hutchinson + Igor Siddiqui (PATH/ISSSSTUDIO)
Rodolphe el-Khoury (Khoury Levit Fong)
Drew Shawver + Allison Bohl + Jonathan Marcantel
Florian Tuercke (urban audio) + René Rissland (eyland 07)
Anthony Vanky
Noa Younse + Carson Smuts + Steven Tsai

For more details and information about the event, please visit here.

Cite: "DesCours: A Presentation of AIA New Orleans" 23 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>