“Yona Friedman: Les villes imaginées” at Château du Rochechouart

May 15, 2018

The exhibition “Yona Friedman: Les villes imaginées” at the Rochechouart Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art returns through new installations, older writings, wall drawings and sound documents, on the career of Yona Friedman. We rediscover a work between architecture and contemporary art, poetic and philosophical, with universal scope.

 

Yona Friedman, Les villes imaginées, Castle of Rochechouart © ADAPG

Yona Friedman, Les villes imaginées, Castle of Rochechouart © ADAPG

 

Born in Hungary in 1923, Yona Friedman has spent over 60 years reconsidering architecture and specifically the way we live together as a society. His holistic thinking resonates today with many major concerns such as dwindling natural resources, overpopulation, poverty, ecological issues and remodelling of homes and landscapes. (more…)

“Formes et Lumière” exhibition by Gitty Darugar

April 27, 2018

Form, function, light, and color are the concerns of architects and their constructive creations. In her photographs of the buildings of the architect Christian de Portzamparc, the photographer Gitty Darugar interprets these physical structures in abstraction – an abstraction of light and color that crystallizes these forms into compositions of unanticipated beauty.

 

"Formes et Lumière" Gitty Darugar © La Galerie d’Architecture

“Formes et Lumière” Gitty Darugar © La Galerie d’Architecture

 

The architect’s three-dimensional elements are, of course, present, but we do not see these «man-made» shapes until Darugar’s magical photographic eye has transformed them into two dimensions. Her architectural photographs demonstrate not only how Architecture and Nature imitate one another – but also how, through Darugar’s work, this dialogue can achieve further creative expression in photography. (more…)

“Dominique Perrault -The Bibliothèque nationale de France. Portrait of a project 1988 – 1998″ at BnF

April 9, 2018

The Bibliothèque nationale de France has given its architect Dominique Perrault ‘carte blanche’ to develop an exhibition dedicated to the building he designed in 1989 : with an original ‘mise en abyme’, a large-scale scenography presents the story of the conception and construction of the BnF, one of the most important contemporary public buildings in France.

 

Dominique Perrault -The Bibliothèque nationale de France  © Dominique Perrault Architecte

Dominique Perrault -The Bibliothèque nationale de France © Dominique Perrault Architecte

 

“I wish to be launched the construction and fitting-out of the – or one of the – biggest libraries in the world, of a completely new type.” announced François Mitterrand, the then President of the French Republic on July 14th 1988. In 1989, architect Dominique Perrault, aged only 36, was the winner of the international competition. After the Grand Louvre, the Opéra Bastille or the Institut du monde arabe, this new project located outside of Paris historical districts completed the policy of large public works projects led during the two seven-year terms of François Mitterrand. The architect’s mission was to create ‘a symbolic place for Paris and a library for France’, a place open to all, which is both a public area for passing through and the beginning of an initiatory journey. (more…)

Public Condenser in Saclay by Muoto Architecture

February 6, 2018

Discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Architecture Category Prize: a minimal structure using rough materials, robust and long lasting techniques, the “urban shelf” is organized vertically with its different activities superimposed on one another, using the roof as a panoramic playground for football and basketball games.

 

Public Condenser in Saclay, France, by Muoto Architecture © Maxime Delvaux

Public Condenser in Saclay, France, by Muoto Architecture © Maxime Delvaux

 

In words of Marc Barani (French member of the panel of judges): “The building directly and effectively expresses and illustrates the energy contained in the process of planning this living and breathing space. The vertical public space was conceived thanks to a subtle and clever arrangement of heavily glassed spaces. This general sense of transparency makes the structure the centre of the project and affords it a potent and unmistakeable presence.” (more…)

86 Lodgements in Lyon by Éric Lapierre Experience

January 30, 2018

Discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Architecture Category Prize: a concentric structure in concrete defines the building’s layout. The result is a plan without a corridor, consisting only of a set of rooms with the double-height interior. Dwellings are surrounded by outdoor spaces that give them a high quality of interior.

 

86 Lodgements in Lyon by Éric Lapierre Experience © Éric Lapierre

86 Lodgements in Lyon by Éric Lapierre Experience © Éric Lapierre

 

In words of Marc Barani (French member of the panel of judges): “The structure provides a number of convincing solutions to the matter of tower blocks and high-rises. Without doubt, this project is best described as an oxymoron: compact/bright, bars/flexible, rational/diverse, concrete/scalability. A work there to serve its inhabitants, where the architect has wisely fused classic and modern culture.” (more…)

“Globes. Architecture and science explore the world” exhibition at Citè de l’Architecture

December 6, 2017

The exhibition focus on how architects have participated, alongside geographers, astronomers, mathematicians, artists… to discover the Globe and the cosmos, as well as their representation. And how, in return, this major discovery has haunted and still haunts architecture, from Adam Olearius (xvııe) to Rem Koolhaas to Buckminster Fuller.

 

National Monument to Newton à Londres, Thomas Ennis Steele, 1829-1834 Image 3D : © Guillaume Coupez / Graphisme affiche : © agent M

National Monument to Newton à Londres, Thomas Ennis Steele, 1829-1834 Image 3D : © Guillaume Coupez / Graphisme affiche : © agent M

 

This is the architecture presented in a very beautiful posture: a knowledge and a trade at the crossroads of arts and sciences. “Globes. Architecture and science explore the world” shows how architects were actors in the discovery of the world, bearers of universal aspirations, designers of monuments of knowledge. How they invented the first observatories or planetariums, adjusting their knowledge to that of scientists to meet a constructive challenge: to build large spherical volumes. In 90 major pieces, the exhibition tells the epic of spectacular buildings, carrying a humanist project of conquest and transmission of knowledge, and the adventures of architects with an exceptional destiny, in turn companions of scientists, utopians to their account, as CN Ledoux, directors of the Power as also sometimes inventors-jugglers of the Universal Expositions. (more…)

“An architecture of dialogue” exhibition by Atelier Arcau

November 15, 2017

In its forthcoming exhibition at Paris’ galerie d’architecture, atelier arcau will present its architectural philosophy and its approach centered round openness and dialogue. The exhibition, from November 2 to December 2, 2017, will explore the firm’s DNA through three sections highlighting major landmarks in the firm’s evolution, exploring both its history and what it could become tomorrow.

 

Immeuble Steelband, Vannes © Hervé Le Reste

Immeuble Steelband, Vannes © Hervé Le Reste

 

French architecture firm atelier arcau was founded in Vannes, on the shores of the Gulf of Morbihan, in 1979. Now one of the largest architecture firms on France’s Atlantic coast, atelier arcau’s attachment to its native Brittany has helped give it the strength to pursue its creative freedom. Run by architects Julien Veyron, Xavier Fraud and Marc Monnier, atelier arcau’s mission is to create unique spaces which are both modern and in harmony with their setting and the local culture. (more…)

“Guy Rottier, Architecture Libre” within Biennial of Architecture of Orleans

November 10, 2017

This tribute exhibition will retrace Guy Rottier’s career and major projects, which are as many manifestos for an architecture that strays from the beaten track, like “tangible poetry” (Pierre Pinoncelli), always combining humour and wittiness with the ingenuity of technical solutions to bring genuine answers to issues faced by housing and to the needs of its users.

 

Guy Rottier's macrocephale architecture

Guy Rottier’s macrocephale architecture © Guy Rottier

 

For its first edition, the Biennial of Architecture of Orleans pays homage to one of the most original artistic and architectural figures of the second half of the 20th century: Guy Rottier. Bringing together more than one hundred and fifty drawings, photographs and models preserved by the Frac Center-Val de Loire, this exhibition is the largest retrospective ever devoted to the architect. (more…)

“Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine” in Paris pays hommage to its donors in a 10th anniversary exhibition

November 1, 2017

Since the opening of the “City of Architecture and Heritage” in 2007, this institution has grown to be a reference for the dissemination of French architecture. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Cité has organized an exhibition, an open forum discussion and many other events and activities to bring the institution closer to the general public.

 

Jean Faugeron (1915 – 1983), architecte - Pavillon de la France à l'Exposition universelle de Montréal, 1967 © Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine / musée des Monuments français / Gaston Bergeret

Jean Faugeron (1915 – 1983), architecte – Pavillon de la France à l’Exposition universelle de Montréal, 1967 © Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine / musée des Monuments français / Gaston Bergeret

 

The Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris is celebrating a 10-year retrospective exhibition featuring the collection’s highilghts acquisited over the last decade. This important museum, dedicated to the archiving and dissemination of architectural knowledge, is proud to present a selection of projects and assets that have enriched the City’s collection over the last ten years: contemporary models, drawings, digital persepctives stand side by side with antique models, drawings and preliminary sketches of nineteenth and twentieth century architecture.

The exhibition, called “10 ans d’acquisitions (2007 – 2017)” is both a celebration of the diversity of French architecture and an opportunity to rediscover some of it most relevant projects.  (more…)

“Réinventer Paris” exhibition within Tandem Paris-Madrid events

October 25, 2017

How will Paris be in the next decades? The exhibition “Reinventer Paris” (Reinventing Paris) showcases 23 winning designs, 74 finalists and all 358 entries submitted by multidisciplinary teams – formed by architects, urban designers, engineers, farmers, young entrepreneurs, philosophers, and artists – who entered an innovative urban design competition organized by the Municipality of Paris.

 

Sou Fujimoto Architects “Reinventing Paris” site winning project © Sou Fujimoto Architects

Sou Fujimoto Architects “Reinventing Paris” site winning project © Sou Fujimoto Architects

 

The 23 sites, many of them emblematic of Paris’ history, are located in nine of Paris’ twenty arrondissements and they are all very different in terms of their layout and characteristics, thereby enabling a multitude of possible responses from candidates.

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