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Ellis Marsalis Center for Music Opens in New Orleans, Louisiana by WSDG Studio

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Article source: Walters Storyk Design Group (WSDG)

Seven years after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on ‘The Big Easy,’ 70,000+ volunteers led by artist/activists, Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. had accomplished a miracle. They had raised the funds and contributed the sweat equity to build 72 single-family homes, 10 elder-friendly apartments, and the 17,000 sq. ft. Ellis Marsalis Center For Music/Musician’s Village Performance Hall.

Image Courtesy © Pableaux Johnson

Image Courtesy © Pableaux Johnson

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Arthur Roger@434 in New Orleans, Louisiana by studioWTA

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Article source: studioWTA

This renovation of an existing space to an art gallery was primarily concerned with highlighting historic elements while providing a clean, crisp surface for installations and shows.

The main gallery features floating perimeter display walls: Existing masonry is exposed along the top, bottom and sides, adding perceived spatial depth and the impression that the gallery itself is an installation.  Heavy timber columns–once an elevator shaft–are a focal point at the entry;  a stretched Dacron sail between the columns is backlit for dramatic effect from the street.

Rough textured masonry walls, wood columns and granite façade columns and lintels contrast the smoothness of gypsum, poured resin flooring and the illuminated Dacron sail. The historic nature of the building is emphasized as the bones of the space; new materials give an impression that they are an installation themselves–a temporal spatial occupation of the original architecture, Image Courtesy © Jeffrey Johnston

  • Architects: studioWTA
  • Project: Arthur Roger@434
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Photography: Jeffrey Johnston
  • Completion date: November 2008
  • Design Team: Wayne Troyer, Tracie Ashe
  • Contractor: Hal Collums Construction
  • Client: Arthur Roger Gallery
  • Size: 1,800 sf
  • Software used: Vectorworks, Sketchup
  • Awards received: 2010 AIA Gulf States Region Award of Merit, 2009 AIA New Orleans Award of Merit, 2009 AIA Louisiana Award of Merit
  • Software used: Vectorworks.

Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center in New Orleans, Louisiana by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Article source: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

This New Orleans neighborhood library is comprised of two buildings joined together with the intention that they function as a whole. One building is a historically significant bungalow built as a residence in 1917, sited prominently on the corner of South Broad Street and Napoleon Avenue. The other building, built in 1993 specifically to function as a library, was home to the main reading room and stock areas. Both buildings were severely flooded by levee breaks attributed to Hurricane Katrina. The bungalow was salvaged and raised for future flood prevention, but the modern addition was deemed necessary for replacement by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).

Image Courtesy Timothy Hursley

  • Architects: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
  • Project: Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Software used: majority of the design work done in AutoCAD and Sketch up. Some Rhino was used on the tail end of the project.

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Reinventing the Crescent: Riverfront Development Plan in New Orleans, Louisiana by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Article source: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

New Orleans has long been dependent on its majestic river. The banks of the Mississippi River have served many purposes throughout the city’s history and are now poised to play a crucial new role. The city’s economy has suffered the slow loss of maritime activity due to port consolidation and sudden, comprehensive loss of civic stability due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Aerial View (Images Courtesy Eskew+Dumez+Ripple)

  • Architect: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
  • Name of Project: Reinventing the Crescent: Riverfront Development Plan
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Owner: The New Orleans Building Corporation
  • Photo Credit: © Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

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Low Cost, Low Energy House for New Orleans in Louisiana by Sustainable.TO Architecture

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Article source: Sustainable.TO

“Low Cost, Low Energy House” utilizes an efficient linear organization, which integrates both passive and active environmental systems with program, circulation and the building enclosure. The simple building shape lends itself to the demands of airtight, thermal bridge-free construction and allows the opportunity for more cost-effective, higher-quality prefabrication, proving that an affordable and sustainable house can also be attractive.

Exterior View

  • Architects: Sustainable.TO Architecture
  • Project: Low Cost, Low Energy House for New Orleans
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Software used: Autocad, Rhinoceros, and Adobe CS3

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AIA Pavilion in New Orleans, Louisiana

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Gernot Riether is using digital design and fabrication techniques to reintroduce plastic as a building material for light-weight and inexpensive structures. The project provides a new aesthetic for environmentally friendly architecture, changing our perception of plastic from an environmentally problematic to a “green” material.

AIA Pavilion

  • Architects: Gernot Riether, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Project: Pavilion
  • Location: New Orleans
  • Client: AIA
  • Area: 18m2
  • Project Team: Gernot Riether, Valerie Bolen, Rachel Dickey, Emily Finau, TasnouvaHabib, Knox Jolly, Pei-Lin Liao, Keith Smith, April Tann
  • Design software used: Rhino, Grasshopper, AlphaCAM
  • Material: PETGs (glycol-modified polyethylene terephthalate)
  • Fabrication:
    • CNC: 25 hours machining time
    • Thermoforming: Techniques used: drape forming, vacuum forming and draping
  • Number of pieces: 320
  • Portability: The pavilion can be disassembled. The pavilions cells can be stocked and moved with a mini Truck
  • Assembly: Bolt connections. Assembly time: 2 days
  • Fabricated at: DFL, Digital Fabrication Laboratory at Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Special Thanks to: Russell Gentry and Andres Cavieres

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