DesCours is a free, public, 10-day architecture and art event now in its 4th year. Held the second week of December in New Orleans, the event (coordinated by AIA New Orleans) invites internationally renowned architects and artists to create 14 architecture installations within “hidden” locations in the heart of New Orleans, including private courtyards, rooftops, abandoned buildings and walkways, all locations normally unseen, inaccessible or unused by the public.

DesCours provides a platform for experimentation within the architectural field, showcasing architecture installations that use new materials, methods, technology and interactivity. The event presents an opportunity for viewing contemporary design within a historic setting by way of juxtaposition, thereby exposing the elegance achieved in the careful articulation of contrasting old and new. On a local scale, DesCours highlights the culturally rich fabric of New Orleans as a great backdrop for forward-thinking structural innovations that nod towards the future of architectural possibilities.

I hope that those of you located in or around New Orleans will be able to check out the event (or even participate!). Find out more at