Architectural nomadism on focus at “Partir” exhibition

This year’s FRAC Centre-Val de Loire’s “Rendez-vous de l’histoire” (“History meetings”) has been organized in collaboration with CAUE Loir-et-Cher at a very special venue: the Blois Royal Castle.

 

Yona Friedman, Ville spatiale, 1959 Collection Frac Centre, Orléans - Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans - Photo : François Lauginie

Yona Friedman, Ville spatiale, 1959 Collection Frac Centre, Orléans – Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans – Photo : François Lauginie

 

The 2016-2017 events programme opens with this new exhibition, “Partir” (“Leaving“), which brings together the works of many French architects that have questioned and observed mankind’s evolution towards nomadism from the 1950’s until now.


 

Practical information

Partir” (“Leaving“)
October 6 – December 12, 2016
Château Royal de Blois
6 Place du Château, 41000 Blois,
France

 


This retrospective on the issue of mobility in our contemporary world ends on a high-note with a carte-blanche to the architecture collective Peru -famous for their “Jungle” work in Calais– for which they have selected a series of projects from the “Small Machines for Living” competition (organized by CAUE Sarthe).

 

Arthur Quarmby, Emergency Mass Housing Units, N° 3, 1962 © FRAC Centre

Arthur Quarmby, Emergency Mass Housing Units, N° 3, 1962 © FRAC Centre

Arthur Quarmby, Emergency Mass Housing Units, N° 3, 1962 © FRAC Centre

Arthur Quarmby, Emergency Mass Housing Units, N° 3, 1962 © FRAC Centre

 

If  the 1920s are the beginning of the first research works on mobile homes, the 1950’s are the definitive turning point at which the issue of mobility goes beyond the field of architectural experimentation to become a major concern in the western world:  from the space race to the upcoming fashion of caravan travelling, the whole of society aspires and dreams of new ways of life at the dawn of the twenty-first century. These visionary and inconformist projects affect not just leisure spaces, but all of the living spaces. All these approaches reject the idea of a permanent anchor as a means of individual empowerment.

 

Ionel Schein, Cabines hôtelières mobiles, 1957 © FRAC Centre

Ionel Schein, Cabines hôtelières mobiles, 1957 © FRAC Centre

Ionel Schein, Cabines hôtelières mobiles, 1957 © FRAC Centre

Ionel Schein, Cabines hôtelières mobiles, 1957 © FRAC Centre

 

Nowadays, next to the figure of the lonely traveler or a hedonistic holiday-goer, the post-apocalyptic campist of the Cold War is somehow reborn and is currently represented as contemporary refugee (political, economical, climatic…). Because disaster occurs daily and the state of emergency is structural rather than cyclical, emergency shelters seem to be tomorrow’s way of living: situational, temporary and perishable.

 

Pascal Häusermann, Cellules, Ets Cadillon, Bourget, 1969 © FRAC

Pascal Häusermann, Cellules, Ets Cadillon, Bourget, 1969 © FRAC

Pascal Häusermann, Cellules, Ets Cadillon, Bourget, 1969 © FRAC

Pascal Häusermann, Cellules, Ets Cadillon, Bourget, 1969 © FRAC

Pascal Häusermann, Cellules, Ets Cadillon, Bourget, 1969 © FRAC Centre

Pascal Häusermann, Cellules, Ets Cadillon, Bourget, 1969 © FRAC Centre

 

To believe that form and design can solve our issues when inhabiting the world would be to rely on miraculous solutions. Is it not necessary to realise that there is no point for architecture in this world anymore? In this new global mobility, more suffered than desired, what should our near architectures look like?

 

Shigeru Ban, Paper Log House, 1995 © FRAC Centre

Shigeru Ban, Paper Log House, 1995 © FRAC Centre

David Georges Emmerich, Interpénétration d’antipyramides carrées, s. d. © FRAC Centre

David Georges Emmerich, Interpénétration d’antipyramides carrées, s. d. © FRAC Centre

 

Architects and artists: Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire:

Shigeru Ban, Cavart, Chanéac, Peter Cook (Archigram), Justus Dahinden, Riccardo Dalisi, David Georges Emmerich, Yona Friedman, Angela Hareiter, Pascal Häusermann, Jones, Partners: Architecture, Ugo La Pietra, Minimaforms et Krzysztof Wodiczko, Arthur Quarmby, Guy Rottier, Ionel Schein, Ettore Sottsass Jr, Antoine Stinco, Pierre Székely, Mario Terzic.

Invited collective:

PEROU. Pôle d’exploration des ressource urbaines


 

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