The museum typology under stress: A design proposal for a scattered site jazz museum in New Orleans (Louisiana)
Powell, Joseph Lee, III
Casbarian, John J.
Master of Architecture
The museum as a public place for the continuing cultural education of the individual is a social institution whose purpose has seemingly become dated through the advent of cultural diversity, interactive information technology, and the economic rigours of late capitalism. Whereas the museum still has a place and program, its presence as an architectural type has diminished due, in part, to uncertainty in the architect's response to a changing cultural site. Using a component of a scattered site jazz museum in New Orleans, a design is proposed to establish a museum for the purpose of (re)collecting the many relationships lost to us, rather than establishing the narrative of the traditional museum or sacrificing the museum to the onanistic pleasures of commodity fetishism.