Architectural Design Level II (New Orleans Studio) OpenCourseWare: MIT's Graduate Level Free Online Course

Published Jan 13, 2009

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Offered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 'Architectural Design Level II: New Orleans Studio' is an exploration into the rebuilding of an area around New Orleans' French Quarter. Through this free OpenCourseWare, ideas and plans were developed for restructuring an area for communal space. It was a graduate course offered through the Department of Architecture.

Architectural Design Level II (New Orleans Studio): Course Specifics

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Architectural Design Level II (New Orleans Studio): Course Description

The original course gave students the opportunity to create design plans for an existing site in New Orleans. Professor Jan Wampler taught the original course through lectures in the Department of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The course explored the idea of design as an opportunity to enhance and sustain a community by providing spaces for commercial, educational and residential living. Additionally, it looked at existing built form in New Orleans and searched for design solutions that can withstand the environment. Issues explored include the architect's role in the community, suitable building materials, design with existing space and fresh housing ideas. The centerpiece of the design plan was a community courtyard or plaza as found in many European cities. The hands-on assignments in the original course came together as an overall project, consisting of digital designs and physical models with solutions to the issues explored.

'Architectural Design Level II: New Orleans Studio' OpenCourseWare includes assignment information and a student project booklet. If you would like to try your hand at redesigning a section of New Orleans, then visit the rebuilding New Orleans course page.

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