DesCours: A Presentation of AIA New Orleans

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

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.

2011 DesCours Request for Proposals

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Now in it’s 5th year, DesCours will be holding its annual event in from December 2nd-December 11th, 2011. DesCours is a ten-day, contemporary architecture and art event that looks towards the future in showcasing experimental, cutting-edge new media and interactive installations while embracing rich cultural heritage. During DesCours, internationally recognized architects, designers and artists transform unique, hidden spaces within the French Quarter and Central Business District into destination places for visitors and locals alike.

There are a total of 11-13 artists and architects (individuals and teams) that will be selected through this proposal process, which is due by August 19th at 5pm, and by invitation to participate by creating installations for French Quarter courtyards, downtown building lobbies, rooftops, walkways and other ‘hidden’ New Orleans spaces. Overall, we are seeking installations that react and respond both to the historic nature of the sites, and to the public audience that views them. More event description after the break.

‘Regional Design Revolution Ecology Matters’ 2011 AIA National Convention

The 2011 AIA National Convention, Regional Design Revolution Ecology Matters is fast approaching.  Next week, May 12th-14th architects will be heading to the Gulf Coast where host city New Orleans, Louisiana will offer over 200+ programs, including pre-convention workshops, theme presentations, continuing education learning units and expo education. and will provide the keynotes, and Fumihiko Maki, Hon FAIA, will be in attendance as he is the 2011 AIA Gold Medal recipient.

The AIA New Orleans chapter will also be providing a variety of educational tours that explore the soulful flavor of the city’s architecture. There is still time to register for the convention, more information can be found here.

ArchDaily won’t be missing out on this exciting annual event. We will be in attendance interviewing some of your (and our) favorite architects and reporting on the Convention happenings.  Be sure to stay tuned to ArchDaily.com next week!

Architecture City Guide: New Orleans


In preparation for this year’s 2011 our Architecture City Guide is headed to the Big Easy. For the attendees, next weekend, the AIA chapter has prepared an architecture city guide with 250 buildings worth seeing. Therefore our meager list of 12 hardly covers the wonderful buildings to visit. Lets us know your favorites that are not on our list in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: New Orleans list and corresponding map after the break

AIA New Orleans 2011 Design Awards

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The welcomed a record number of entries for the 2011 Design Awards, 100 Years of Excellence in Design.  The categories included Interior Architecture, Master Planning, Divine Detail, Project, Architecture, Adaptive Reuse, and Juror Favorite.  A complete list of the 2011 Design Awards and jurors comments following the break.

Volunteer Outreach Opportunities with AIA New Orleans

The chapter will offer three volunteer outreach opportunities for the upcoming 2011 AIA National Convention attendees and supporters. Convention-goers and the interested public can volunteer prior to and after the Convention, which is scheduled for May 12th – 14th. The three organizations include Hand On , the Preservation Resource Center’s Rebuilding Together program, and Operation Helping Hands. If you are interested in volunteering more information can be found here.