Searching for an architecture of conflict
Sherman, William H.
Master of Architecture
In the written portion of my design thesis, I analyzed the elements of the architecture of the City of New Orleans during the first one hundred ten years of its existence. During this period two opposing and incompatible world views, the French and the Anglo-American, met and clashed without resolution until the city, unable to continue as a unit, divided into three municipalities. The differences in these cultures were reflected in the architecture and in the built form of the city. The design portion of my thesis will develop the proposition that housing in a modern city can accommodate opposing forces. The city as it exists and the forces of change working upon it need not destroy the fabric of the city. With respect to the site of my design thesis, the housing would need to be consistent with the historic, anti-bellum Lower Garden District and the requirements of the coarse textured tourist industry along the Mississippi River with its convention centers and convention hotel/retail complexes. The design portion of my thesis demonstrates my proposition; it is primarily residential, with some mixed use, but with the ability to withstand the coarse texture of the tourist industry.