Saturday, June 28, 2008

New Orleans Architectural History Survey

The Flickr group has been active for about six months. The group "is a reNewed survey of historic New Orleans 19th century vernacular architecture, with the 1979 HDLC survey serving as an outline for types and styles of historic architecture. This survey, completed nearly 30 years ago, was done for the city, providing recommendations for the city to establish national and city landmarks, and historic architectural districts."

The group photo pool grows daily. As I write it contains nearly 2500 images. Jeff Lamb, the founder of NOAHs and author of the 1979 HDLC survey, highlights recent additions in his wordpress. Recently a couple of our Modernist monuments have been invited to join the group. And I'm so thankful. Modernist architecture is a real underdog in a city which is so strongly identified with its 19th century architecture. In the spirit of inclusion and collaboration, I created this map in Mapufacture which shows the most recent geo-tagged photos through the group feed. The next step is to figure out how to extend the length of the feed so more images are included and to encourage more flickr users to geo-tag. But it's a start.

1 comment:

jlp said...

the architecture survey, a reNewed effort to survey as if it were a reconnaissance level architectural survey, the group was formed by mr. boxchain and the man behind the SkeletonKrewe, Chris Kirsch, and my self.
I should point out though, the HDLC survey that is the basis for the NOAHS, was a joint venture between Koch&Wilson, architects and Urban Transportation Planning associates, in 1979. We all had a part in the final product, and no i was not the author, only one of the participants, survey team member and photographer...
although i would give credit to the author , i have been asked not to.

in the spirit of the original survey, we were to look at any and all structures that were a minimum of 50 years old. In 1979, that only included structures that were built into the 1920's.
Today however , w/ that criteria in mind, all early 20thcentury work, as well as so much of the modernist architecture built into the 1960's , fall into the time line and should and are being included into the New Orleans Architectural History, survey. thanks to regional modernism and othrs historians and photographers presently in New orleans. , j
good to have it all onto the map hooray