Context
Historical and Social Background

Christian Ditlev Bruun trained as an architect in Denmark, has distinguished himself as a curator and a filmmaker. As creative principal and owner of DitlevFilms––a production and postproduction company with offices in New York and Los Angeles–– Bruun produced Kid Bang with FOX Searchlab, now in pre-production as a feature film with FOX Searchlight, as well as the feature film, The F Word, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2005, and then was sold to IFC.

In 1999 Mr. Bruun curated the “Futures To Come” exhibition for Architectural Record at the Max Protetch Gallery in New York. Based on the magazine’s December 1999 millennium issue, the show traveled around the world until 2003. In 2004 Bruun acted as curator for the exhibition “Transcending Type,” also organized by Architectural Record for the U.S. Pavilion in the Ninth International Architectural Biennale in Venice.

 


A map of the city stretching from the wall to the floor explains how each New Orleans ward fared in the flood, noting the population and racial composition of each community. Not surprisingly, the poor and black suffered considerably more than the rest of the residents, more of whom live on high ground. The display, designed by Christian Ditlev Bruun with Jens Holm, helps viewers understand the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. On the opposite wall, charts chronicle the history of New Orleans from its founding in 1718, registering every hurricane in history, noting when the levees were built and repaired, and describing the racial make up of the city in each period.