Delirious New Orleans: Manifesto for an Extraordinary American City

Delirious New Orleans: Manifesto for an Extraordinary American City

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by Stephen Verderber
     
 

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From iconic neighborhoods such as the French Quarter and the Garden District to more economically modest but no less culturally vibrant areas, architecture is a key element that makes New Orleans an extraordinary American city. Delirious New Orleans began as a documentary project to capture the idiosyncratic vernacular architecture and artifacts-vintage mom-and-pop…  See more details below

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From iconic neighborhoods such as the French Quarter and the Garden District to more economically modest but no less culturally vibrant areas, architecture is a key element that makes New Orleans an extraordinary American city. Delirious New Orleans began as a documentary project to capture the idiosyncratic vernacular architecture and artifacts-vintage mom-and-pop businesses, roadside motels, live music clubs, neon signs, wall murals, fast-food joints, and so on-that helped give the city's various neighborhoods their unique character. But because so many of these places and artifacts were devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Delirious New Orleans has become both a historical record of what existed in the past and a blueprint for what must be rebuilt and restored to retain the city's unique multicultural landscape. Stephen Verderber starts with the premise that New Orleans's often-overlooked neighborhoods imbue the city with deep authenticity as a place. He opens Delirious New Orleans with a photo-essay that vividly presents this vernacular architecture and its artifacts, both before Katrina and in its immediate aftermath. In the following sections of the book, which are also heavily illustrated, Verderber takes us on a tour of the city's commercial vernacular architecture, as well as the expressive folk architecture of its African American neighborhoods. He discusses how the built environment was profoundly shaped by New Orleans's history of race and class inequities and political maneuvering, along with its peculiar, below-sea-level geography. Verderber also considers the aftermath of Katrina and the armada of faceless FEMA trailers that have, at least temporarily and by default, transformed this urban landscape.

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First, a snippet of book history: Rem Koolhaus's 1978 Delirious New York and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's 1972 Learning from Las Vegas became the most influential architecture books of the era with their emphatic embrace of idiosyncratic vernacular buildings and chance-made cityscapes. Stephen Verderber's Delirious New Orleans recaptures the excitement of those breakthroughs but adds a deep sense of loss, because this photo-essay about New Orleans also documents the devastating destruction of Hurricane Katrina. Visual evidence of a city that cannot be allowed to disappear.

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ISBN-13:
9780292785649
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Series:
Roger Fullington Series in Architecture
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
32 MB
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Meet the Author

Stephen Verderber has taught in the School of Architecture at Tulane University for more than twenty years and is a registered architect. He is currently Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture at Clemson University in South Carolina.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Verderber has done a great job revealing so much that lies just beneath the surface of New Orleans (that a tourist wouldn't see or know) from her more recent history through the devastation of Katrina. You see her funk, her style & what makes so many people love this city & call it home~ warts & all.