Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category
Take a look. This little pad was created for Cindy Gallop, an “international woman of mystery” who is the chairwoman of advertising giant BBH. Her brief for designer Stephan Boubill was simple: “at night, I want to feel like I’m in a shanghai nightclub…”
I think she got that, don’t you? What do you think – ‘home sweet home’ or ‘axe murderer lives here’?
Despite my very traditional home here in New Orleans, I have always harbored a secret passion for glass/modernist houses. Philip Johnson – my hero. AND Mies van der Rohe (of course) owns my favorite design, the Farnsworth House.
Imagine my surprise when this very well known house (Cameron’s) from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off popped up on The Daily Beast. I would be in there is a second if I could! Of course, I’d have to sell every stick of furniture I own and start over from scratch. Sounds like fun, actually.
Here’s the link to the real estate listing.
I love New Orleans, deeply. However, there is resistance to innovation that bubbles up all too often in our city… I saw it most recently and succinctly summed up by a local on one of the episodes of “Architecture School,” a T.V. series that focused on the complete design and construction of a new home in long neglected neighborhood (Central City) by Tulane architecture students. The students were challenged to understand the vernacular architectural language of New Orleans buildings, then create a new innovative sustainable, modern design in that setting.
Asked for comment on a previous house that was built, a neighbor said to the camera: “That doesn’t belong here. Look around at these other houses. We’re not guinea pigs.”
A city filled with humble and efficient shotgun homes, creole cottages, and grand St. Charles Avenue mansions, majestic cast iron galleries of the French Quarter…. Well, a city like this is not always able to immediately grasp the benefit of a new design.
Yes, New Orleanians tenaciously cling to the past. However, not all of our past is, in fact, worth saving.
And yet folks still argue. Vociferously. The model and renderings of a new development called Columbia Parc (shown at top) will soon replace the Roosevelt-era New Orleans housing project known as St. Bernard. Located only four blocks from the vast and lush New Orleans City Park, these buildings were ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, were demolished (amid great protest) and will be replaced by the master-planned, mixed-income community shown above. This is not the much maligned gentrification of the 70’s. This is the creation of a new community, from the ground up, to meet the needs of a wide range of residents – first and foremost the former residents of St. Bernard (applications are being accepted now).
The new Columbia Parc development is sustainable, LEED certified and filled with amenities that growing families can enjoy. Two schools, an early learning center, a recreation facility, retail shops, a library plus a community entertainment complex featuring:
– Entertainment rooms
– Catering kitchen
– Internet café
– 46-seat resident movie theatre
– Resident conference room
– Fitness center
– Interactive splash park
– Resort-style pool with sun decks & lounge furniture
– Playground & tot lot
So why everyone continues to argue about replacing things like this (see below) in New Orleans is simply beyond me.