DesCours is a week-long, contemporary architecture and art event that looks towards the future in showcasing experimental, cutting-edge new media and interactive installations while embracing New Orleans 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 artists and architects (individuals and teams) that will be selected through invitation and this proposal process 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.
The 2007 through 2009 presentations of DesCours gave AIA New Orleans the opportunity to exhibit the works of nearly 100 architects, designers and musicians. This event has provided a platform for experimentation in new materials, technologies and ways of making in the architecture field. Participants have gone on to win international awards and recognition for their installation work in DesCours. DesCours has been favorably received by critics and media and enticed large audiences of 29,000 on-site visitors over the course of three years.
For more information, visit http://descours.us
For the full Request for Proposals, visit http://descours.us/DesCours2010_RFP.pdf