Tangram 3DS brings Floating City to Life
Tangram 3DS, a firm specializing in visualization and computer animation, announced its collaboration with E. Kevin Schopfer AIA, RIBA. Together, the companies have designed and presented a bold new urban platform. New Orleans Arcology Habitat (NOAH) is a proposed urban Arcology (architecture and ecology), whose philosophic underpinnings rest in combining large scale sustainability with concentrated urban structures, and in this case a floating city.
Tangram 3DS worked with Schopfer to visualize this unique concept and structure. Starting from basic sketches, Tangram 3DS transformed Schopfers ideas into visuals and an animation. Our work helps Kevin convey his concept to the City of New Orleans, investors, the media, and public, said Stefan Vittori, president and founder of Tangram 3DS, LLC. To be able to visualize a design project in 3D and through animation is absolutely vital when attempting to sell a design concept that may at first glance be hard to grasp, adds Vittori.
Why a floating city? There are three major challenges to building in New Orleans. The first challenge is to overcome both the physical and psychological damages of recurring severe weather patterns. Though repopulation has begun, the need to provide a stabilized and safe environment is paramount to a long-term recovery and economic well being of New Orleans. The second challenge is that New Orleans has been built at and below sea levels, which creates a consistently high water table and makes it prone to flooding and storm surges. The third challenge is that New Orleans is built on soil condition that consists of thousands of feet of soft soil, silt and clay. These conditions make building large-scale concentrated structures difficult. Believing that NOAH is a viable plan, our solution to overcome these challenges is to take advantage of these seemingly conflicting issues with the introduction of a floating urban platform. This solution is deceptively simple, using water as a controlled, naturally occurring, bearing foundation, is perfectly feasible and practical, states Schopfer.
As depicted in the 3D renderings by Tangram, given the design’s massive scale — nearly 1,200′ tall with a footprint nearly 1/3 of a mile in diameter — it was clear that Tangram’s imagery would need to depict a significant amount of downtown New Orleans to contextualize the project. A 3D model of the downtown buildings was combined with satellite and aerial survey imagery to build a highly-detailed context model in which NOAH could be placed. This allowed Tangram to create a wide range of imagery, including aerials that covered dozens of city blocks, which effectively communicated the ambitious scale of the NOAH project.
When it came time to produce the animation, the massive scene scale combined with the river and dense activity of the area were extremely challenging to reproduce faithfully in motion. Tangram teamed up with the team at VFX Direct, located north of Boston, to further polish the animation frames. The two teams worked closely to build passes of animated elements that VFX Direct would include in their final composite of the animation, along with additional water, smoke, and lighting effects that made the imagery pop.
A triangulate shape has been chosen as the basis for NOAH, given the fact that a triangle is inherently the most rigid of all structural framing systems. The triangle also allows for an open frame configuration, dividing NOAH into three separate towers converging at the top. The intent of this open system is to allow all severe weather to in effect blow through the structure in any direction with the minimum of massing interference. To further dissipate wind loads, the outer edges are curved and tilted.
This is a project of tremendous potential which pushes beyond current expectations for New Orleans and places it in the forefront of the new age of urban growth possibilities, adds Schopfer. We hope to one day see it become reality, and with Tangram’s unique experience and expertise, that reality comes alive today.
NOAH will house:
•Residential Units / Rental and Condominium: 20,000 units @ average 1100 Sq ft
•Three Hotels: Average 200 rooms plus associated services
•Time Share Units: 1500 units @ average 1100 sq ft
•Three Casino Facilities: (to be determined)
•Commercial Space / Rental and Condominiums: 500,000 sq ft
•Commercial Space / Retail: 500,000 sq ft
•Parking Garage / within foundation: 8,000 cars
•Cultural Facilities: 100,000 sq ft
•Public Works: 50,000 sq ft / includes storage
•District School System: 100,000 sq ft
•District Administrative Office: 50,000 sq ft
•District Health Care Facility: 20,000 sq ft
Estimated Total Square Footage: 30 million
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See below for info on local musician auditions for Jammin with Cirque Dreams. See ya in NOLA!
Sharon Denise Talbot
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Jammin’ with Cirque Dreams Contest CIRQUE DREAMS ILLUMINATION offers a local musician the opportunity to perform with the WORLD RENOWNED PRODUCTION
WHAT: New Orleans is known for its music and talent so come blow your horn, slap the bass, tickle the ivories, shred your axe or whistle, snap or tap your way into the experience of a lifetime by Jammin’ with Cirque Dreams. Bring your rhythm, soul and talent to the Mahalia Jackson Theatre and win an opportunity to accompany the world renowned, international artistry of Cirque Dreams when it illuminates New Orleans with its newest and grandest production of Cirque Dreams Illumination. One lucky musician will be selected to perform live on stage as part of the national tour launch of Cirque Dreams Illumination and integrate their style of music into this multi-cultural, diversified genre of cirque, music, theatre and stage spectacle beyond imagination. The winner will train locally with the Cirque Dreams design team for their debut performance and will receive six complimentary tickets to the show in which they appear.
WHEN: Saturday, September 18th, 2010 11:00AM-2:00PM WHERE: Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116 (Theatre Lobby)
WHO: The audition is limited to the first 100 attendees and is open to performers of all ages. Participants will be given two minutes to impress the judges with their musical skills and must provide any equipment required for their audition. A sound system with CD & digital input will be provided. Complementary parking will be available in the Mahalia Jackson parking lot.
WHY: This special event celebrates the return of Broadway Across America to New Orleans and the first show of the 2010-11 season. Tickets for Cirque Dreams Illumination are affordably priced stating at $25.00. Cirque Dreams Illumination will perform eight shows at the Mahalia Jackson Theater September 28 through October 3, 2010.
Tickets for Cirque Dreams Illumination are available for purchase at the Mahalia Jackson box office located in Armstrong Park at 801 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-982-2787 (ARTS). Information on the Broadway Across America – New Orleans series and venue policies and accommodations may be obtained online at www.mahaliajacksontheater.com. Group Sales information, including group discounts for 20 or more, is available by calling 504-287-0372. Box Office information is available at 504-287-0351. For more information on Cirque Dreams Illumination, please visit: www.cirqueproductions.com Become a Fan on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cirquedreams Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/cirquedreams Check out our Videos on YouTube: www.youtube.com/cirquedreams New Orleans Theatre Association is a 501( c ) 3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to attract and present the finest theatrical and performing arts attractions available in New Orleans. NOTA is also dedicated to financial and technical support of local non-profit institutions in New Orleans which are dedicated to the furtherance of theatrical and musical education and production. Arts Center Enterprises – New Orleans, LLC – (ACE) is a theatrical facility management company with more than 30 years of experience in the field of professional performing arts facility management and theatrical property development. Allen Becker, together with his partners David Anderson, Gary Markowitz and Kirk B. Feldmann have succeeded in establishing a successful business model that combines an entrepreneurial operating strategy, with a wealth of industry relationships which result in active, vibrant, well-managed and self-sustaining performing arts facilities. Not only has this business model served to uplift communities through the presentation of powerful live performances, but it has served to also provide economic stimulus into urban corridors in need of revitalization.
Please visit ACE New Orleans on line at www.mahaliajacksontheater.com. Broadway Across America is owned and operated by British theatre producer John Gore (CEO) and entertainment industry veteran Thomas B. McGrath (Chairman). Broadway Across America presents first-class touring Broadway musicals and plays, family productions and other live events throughout a network of 43 North American cities.
Broadway Across America is also dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse live theatre for productions on Broadway, across America and throughout the world. Broadway Across America most recently produced the Broadway productions of HAIR, WEST SIDE STORY and Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS. Upcoming productions include MINSKY’S, PROMISES, PROMISES, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and the West End production of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S. Touring productions include Nickelodeon’s STORYTIME ADVENTURES featuring Dora the Explorer and DREAMGIRLS. For more information or to purchase tickets through an authorized agent go to BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.
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New Orleans Music
Where can you go to catch a world class musical performance with plenty of room to dance? The 700 block of Royal Street is where it’s happening. You’ve got Rouses’ (the old A&P) grocery, a regular stop for French Quarter visitors and locals who love New Orleans music alike. Across the street is Forever New Orleans, and Alex Beard recently opened an art gallery a few doors down on the corner of Royal and Pirates Alley (you can actually watch him paint in the window sometime, very cool). Gallery 713, a local favorite, is opposite him. But the crowd in the street is gathered around a group of local street musicians known to frequent this block. They are here to see the Queen, Doreen – The Clarinet Queen of New Orleans Music.
Doreen and her husband Lawrence Ketchens have been international ambassadors for New Orleans music and culture on radio and televisions around the world.
While they are available for weddings and special events, Doreen and her band of jazz musicians have been bringing their brand of music to the Crescent City streets for twenty years or so. A fixture on this stretch of Royal they will have even the most rhythm challenged tapping their feet and moving to the beat.
As Doreen says in one of her songs “I’m the Queen of the clarinet, been around the world ain’t heard better yet” and I say “Amen!” The group has several CD’s available for purchase. You can visit their website: www.doreensjazz.com
These show stealers will capture your hearts with just one stanza of their rendition of “Little Liza Jane” as they did mine. It is obvious these amazing performers play for the absolute love of it because their heart and soul are in every note. If you want to hear a song the speaks to the heart of New Orleans Music and a musician that is part of the heart of New Orleans music this is the place to go.
Stop by and hang out with Doreen, Lawrence and the crew next time you find yourself on Royal Street. Hey y’all, don’t forget to leave a little something in the bucket and help support New Orleans Music and Doreen – The Clarinet Queen!
By S.D. Talbot
New Orleans Music Doreen – The Clarinet Queen
NEW ORLEANS (PRWEB) March 28, 2006
Huckabuck.com is doing something we all want to do right now – help rebuild New Orleans. The new search interface enables Internet users to help New Orleans by using its Web site to search for information online. The idea is simple. Huckabuck gives a portion of the profit it generates from every search to New Orleans charities.
Every day, millions of people use search engines to find information online. Huckabuck converts these searches to charitable donations that will have a tremendous impact on the recovery of New Orleans while giving users an effortless way to help.
In addition to helping New Orleans, Huckabuck makes searching more personal by providing a new way to customize the search results to individual preferences. As a search interface, Huckabuck provides search feeds from three major search engines, Google, Yahoo, and MSN. It allows users to tune their search results by using graphic equalizers powered by its proprietary search tuner technology. Huckabuck leverages a cutting-edge technology called Ajax to power its search interface. As a next generation Web 2.0 company, Huckabuck will rapidly introduce new innovations to its search interface including social search and blog search functionality.
As a resident of the city, Chris Schultz, founder of Huckabuck.com, is familiar with the challenges facing New Orleans. Following Hurricane Katrina, and in the midst of rebuilding his life and business, Schultz wanted to create a link between a simple daily activity and the New Orleans cause. The entrepreneur had already been thinking about developing a meta-search engine when the storm hit. Following the storm a light-bulb went on, and the search to rebuild New Orleans became his mission.
“Finding information with a search engine has become routine, it’s just something we do every day,” said Schultz. “The Huckabuck search interface makes this easier for people to do, and we’re leveraging the ubiquity of daily search to help New Orleans.”
Huckabuck has partnered with the Tipitina’s Foundation, a New Orleans-based 501c3 non-profit organization committed to saving the culture of New Orleans by locating all New Orleans artists and their families and finding housing for those who need it. A portion of the profits generated by Huckabuck on an annual basis will be donated to the Tipitina’s Foundation.
Schultz is establishing Huckabuck as the search tool of choice for millions of people worldwide. He is first introducing Huckabuck locally in New Orleans, followed by a national launch this summer.
The Huckabuck search interface derives its name from “huckabucks,” a homemade frozen summer-time treat enjoyed by New Orleanians. Similar to snow cones or frozen cups, huckabucks are unique to New Orleans and are served to this day at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and in neighborhoods around New Orleans.
For more information about Huckabuck.com or to schedule an interview, contact Blake Killian at (504) 581-7863 ext. 1.
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Desbundixie in Aljustrel Jazz Festival
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I am planning on going for my 18th birthday and I was just wondering if I could get into a few clubs. I am planning on staying at a hotel on Bourbon Street and everything, but I don’t want to go if I can’t party. I know you have to be 21 to drink though…
I live in New orleans and have been going to the clubs before I was 17 most of the clubs on bourbon or in new orleans dont ask for ID as long as you look legal your in. your gonna have fun on bourbon anyway you may not even wanna go into a club
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TripAdvisor™ TripWow Jackson Square New Orleans to New Orleans by TravelPod Attractions.
Title: Jackson Square New Orleans
Cities visited on this trip:
- New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Photos in this video:
“Jackson Square, Historic French Quarter”
from a blog entry titled “Good times in N’awlins”
by TravelPod member marjorie
“Jackson Square with Cathedral behind”
from a blog entry titled “My first look at the French Quarter”
by TravelPod member bodeenstravels
“Jackson Square & St Louis Cathedral ”
from a blog entry titled “8 days of exploring…”
by TravelPod member thesairs
“Andrew Jackson at Jackson Square”
from a blog entry titled “My first look at the French Quarter”
by TravelPod member bodeenstravels
“Jackson Square in French Quarter”
from a blog entry titled “The Big Easy….Always an Experience”
by TravelPod member c_villa
“Jackson Square. New Orleans, LA”
from a blog entry titled “Day 16, 17 & 18: New Orleans, Louisiana”
by TravelPod member sschwaiger
“A view through Jackson Square”
from a blog entry titled “Apparently Soul is Waterproof”
by TravelPod member calmyourjets
“Jackson Square, New Orleans”
from a blog entry titled “Nawlins”
by TravelPod member theb
“JQ at Jackson Square”
from a blog entry titled “New Orleans”
by TravelPod member johnrandall
from a blog entry titled “Mardi Gras!”
by TravelPod member jay29
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Dutch Swing College Band & Mrs. Einstein – Bourbon Street Parade
Burghausen (Germany), 2007 March 17
A popular saying goes: “There are two kinds of music, good music and bad music”. For the true fan of good traditional jazz music the choice is simple, because there is only one Dutch Swing College Band. The Dutch Swing College Band started out as an amateur-college combo on liberation day (1945, may 5th) and through the years it has grown into a worldfamous jazz ensemble that has toured all five continents to much acclaim. The DSC played a prominent role during the post-war period. At the time many youngsters fell under the spell of the original Amerian music: jazz. The band, which has existed for more than sixty years, has given concerts all over the world and the sounds have been registered on practically all types of sound recordings since 1945. The band also appeared frequently on TV and in film productions. Through the years many big names in jazz music were backed by the DSC, from Sidney Bechet, Joe Venuti and Rita Reys to Teddy Wilson. The expression “The Haque School” was born out of the big influence of the DSC on the Dutch jazz scene. Deservedly many jazz fans consider the DSC almost as an institution. Fortunately, the Dutch Swing College Band has never presented itself as a show or glitter orchestra. The musicians have always succeeded in capturing the public’s attention with their excellent jazz performances. Cheap show tricks were absolutely out of the question. In 1960, the DSC turned professional. Throughout the music’s evolution and in spite of quite a number af personnel changes (and contary to many imitators) the DSC remained the showpiece of Dutch traditional jazz music. Bob Kaper heads the current line-up, in succession to Frans Vink Jr (1945-’46), Joop Schrier (1955-’60) and Peter Schilperoort (1946-’55 and 1960-’90). From the very beginning the most striking characteristic of the band has always been its unique and recognizable sound. In other words, no recordings of American virtuosos were ever copied: the DSC created their own interpretations, arrangements or compositions. An entirely personal approach. The current line-up of the highly experienced band has proved that the old name Dutch Swing College Band still guarantees professional performances of traditional jazz music of international standard!
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