4.144 Architectural Design, Level II: New Orleans Studio

Spring 2006

Satellite imagery showing flooding in New Orleans.
The extent of flooding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina is shown in this satellite image. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Course Highlights

This course features a sample of the assignments from the class, as well as the publication from the studio, presented in the projects section.

Course Description

The project for this studio is to design a demonstration project for a site near the French Quarter in New Orleans. The objectives of the project are the following:
  1. To design more intense housing, community, educational and commercial facilities in four to six story buildings.
  2. To explore the "space between" buildings as a way of designing and shaping objects.
  3. To design at three scales - dwelling, cluster and overall.
  4. To design dwellings where the owners may be able to help build and gain a skill for employment.
  5. To provide/design facilities that can help the residents to gain education and skills.
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Prof. Jan Wampler

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
4 hours / session