New Orleans: Historical Memory and Urban Design

Global Urban Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Studio (Core) Spring 2019


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Landscape Architecture 154 + 199 (#21158)/American Studies 102 (#31773)

Instructors: Anna Livia Brand (Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning)
Bryan Wagner (English)

Mondays 2-5pm
4 units
270 Wurster

How can a city's past become a meaningful platform for its future? How can city planners and community organizations work to answer this question in historic neighborhoods destabilized by environmental catastrophe, gentrification, multi-scaled development and the privatization of schools and social services?

In this Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Studio, students will answer these questions by working in groups to create "paper monuments" (poster or other medium) proposing a public monument to a particular person, event, or movement from the history of New Orleans. Projects will consider setting as well as the substance and design of the proposed monument and will interface with Paper Monuments in New Orleans. The class will also produce a collaborative, interactive digital map of North Claiborne Avenue, representing public art (murals), street performance venues (Mardi Gras and second lines), and past and present neighborhood institutions (anchor businesses, parks, and community centers).

Fulfills the studio requirement for the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Urban Humanities. Travel to New Orleans will happen shortly after the spring semester for approximately 5-7 days; dates to be announced prior to the beginning of the semester.

Priority enrollment to students pursuing the Certificate.

Attend one of the studio info sessions for more details:
Sept 21, 10am in 305 Wurster
Sept 25, 5pm in 305 Wurster

Application required. Download - Word docx DUE OCT 5 (APPLICATION SUBMISSION IS NOW CLOSED)

Questions about the course may be directed to Profs. Brand ( and Wagner (