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Contemporary Design in Historic Neighborhoods

Along with the competitive and active real estate market in New Orleans, demolitions and new construction are rapidly changing the face of some urban neighborhood landscapes. A current issue in New Orleans is the determination of design guidelines for new construction along with demolition review by the Historic Districts Landmarks Commission for the Mid City and Uptown historic districts. Having these guidelines and regulations in place would work to conserve the historic fabric of the city.

“In a city like New Orleans we have been given an important world heritage quality that promotes a better place for all of us to live as well as to share with our visitors.  People do not come to New Orleans to see Houston, Atlanta or a Disneyland uninhabited by the very citizens that helped to create it.”- Eugene Cizek, Ph.D, F.A.I.A.

The lecture will present personal projects by Dr. Cizek, those of other architects, and several academic proposals prepared by Cizek’s students in the Tulane School of Architecture. Individual buildings and their contexts as well as multi-family and mixed use developments will be examined. Discussion will follow the lecture. Says Dr. Cizek, “As we begin to fill those empty spaces in our historic neighborhoods it is important to respect the context of the natural and built environment of the setting. One should know when the new addition to an historic neighborhood was made.  New construction should reflect the time in which it is built.  It can be subtle or bold, but it must respect the overall sense of place that has stood the test of time.”

Eugene D. Cizek is the Founder and President of the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association; A Founding Board Member of the Resource Center of New Orleans; A Founder and Member of the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission; and the 1997 Founding Director of the Preservation Studies Program, at the Tulane School of Architecture Dr. Cizek studied city and regional planning with Kevin Lynch and Gyorgy Kepes at MIT and Bakema and VanEsteren at the Delft Institute of Techonology, and practiced and taught this subject at the Tulane School of Architecture, LSU and MIT for 50 years. His Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Dissertation: Faubourg Marigny:  A Proposal for Environmental Conservation began in 1970 and when completed in 1978, revealed an old New Orleans neighborhood once thought to be of little consequence transformed into one of the most significant urban environments in the world.

The story of this transformation, and related efforts of the New Orleans preservation community responding to rash demolitions of significant historic structures at the time, resulted in the formation of the Preservation Resource Center in 1974. State legislation allowed for the creation of local historic districts promoting the preservation of the sustainable natural and built environment.

With Eugene D. Cizek, Ph.D., F.A.I.A. Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Preservation Studies, Director Emeritus of Preservation Studies, Richard Koch Chair (1997-2011) Tulane School of Architecture.
A current issue in New Orleans is design guidance for new construction in historic New Orleans. Join PRC for a lecture and discussion on new construction in historic settings, which will include examples of successful projects by Dr.Cizek and others.

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June 16, 2016
6:00pm — 7:30pm
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Suzanne Blaum
(504) 636-3040


Preservation Resource Center
923 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70130 United States
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