“Dissident Visions. Experimental Architecture Exhibition” at UPV Valencia

The dissident vision transports us to a contemporary space and, in turn, full of nostalgia. It is a re-reading of an architecture that seems distant but with many points of contact with the discourses and currents of the architectural present.


Instant City, Archigram © Archigram

Instant City, Archigram © Archigram


The aim of this exhibition is to expose and raise questions about the current perception on architecture – the way the architecture are thought and taught over the past decades architectures schools and concepts of our own times brought us to an understanding that we are coming back to the same dream – reexamining the same standards just in a different timeline.


“Misunderstandings”, CAMPO’s curatorial approach to FRAC Val de Loire’s collections

Both museums collaborate in a project reflecting on the operative value of museums and collections for the contemporary discourse and practice of architecture. The exhibition is part of FRAC’s wider project for 2017, “Walking through someone else dreams”.


Vazio S/A, The grid, 2016 © FRAC centre Val de Loire

Vazio S/A, The grid, 2016 © FRAC centre Val de Loire


Approaching Le FRAC Centre-Val de Loire’s collection less with the cultural diligence of the curator than the amateur curiosity of the architect, CAMPO discards the traditional monographic, typological or historical readings, to adopt a looser and unconventional framework that pairs human emotions and architectural principles.

Fear/Structure, Hope/System, Nostalgia/Form and Surprise/Limit are the four binocular lenses through which we looked at the collection as aliving material that can be studied but also manipulated to reflect on the contemporary condition. (more…)

R&Sie(n) retrospective at FRAC Orlelans: “s/he would rather do FICTION MAKER”

In 2016, nearly twenty years after its first exhibition at the Frac Centre-Val de Loire, New-Territories has been invited again for a “1993-2050 flashback”. This event retraces and traces 57 years of work, scenarios, projects, controversies and foresights.


New-Territories / R&Sie(n) Une architecture des humeurs, 2010-2011 ©New-Territories

New-Territories / R&Sie(n), Une architecture des humeurs, 2010-2011 © New-Territories


It presents the prolific production of the Avatar, a hybrid figure digitally generated in 1993 to stand in for the jackboot or masterfull figure of the “architect/author” and to synthesize his multiple collaborations– BoyeRoche (1989); Roche (1990); Roche & François (1991); R-F-L-H-R-P (1992); Roche, DSV & Sie (1993-97); R, DSV & Sie. P (1998); R & Sie. D/B: L (1999-2001); R&Sie(n) (2001 to 2011), and [elf/bt/c] (2011-2016)… (more…)

“Limits to infinity” Utopias revisited by FRAC Val-de-Loire

The exhibition is one of the four installments of the centre’s wider-scope theme named “The city faraway”, featuring works by Archigram, Archizoom, Superstudio, Yona Friedman and Charles Simonds.


DOGMA, A Simple Heart, Architecture on the Ruins of the Post-Fordist City, Atlas of a City, 25, 2004 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans, Philippe Magnon

DOGMA, A Simple Heart, Architecture on the Ruins of the Post-Fordist City, Atlas of a City, 25, 2004 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans, Philippe Magnon


On the occasion of the Month of contemporary architecture in Normandy, the House of Architecture of Normandy – the Forum invited the FRAC Centre-Val de Loire to design an exhibition. Under the title “Limits to infinity” the exhibition offers a reading of the twentieth century utopias around three concepts: time, limit and infinity. A triptych where dreams, sometimes nightmares, and cities never realised meet: Archigram‘s Instant City, Archizoom‘s  No Stop City, Yona Friedman‘s Spatial City, Superstudio‘s Life supersurface, Dogma‘s  Stop City …, many attempts to build or unbuild the world of Men. (more…)

“Experimental Architectures” the permanent gallery at Frac Centre Orléans

For the first time the public will have access to the collection through about a hundred works divided into four themes, offering the most complete vision possible of a unique collection, devoted to experimental architecture (utopian, visionary, forward-looking) from the 1950s to the present day.


Superstudio, Monumento Continuo, 1969 @ FRAC Centre

Superstudio, Monumento Continuo, 1969 @ FRAC Centre


The permanent gallery offers a voyage of architectural and urban experiments of the 1950s to the present. At the rate of four themes – Nomads, Blocks, Screens, Home – this course reveals the visionary and utopian approaches that have disrupted architecture of the second half of the twentieth century. (more…)

“Instant City” travelling exhibition, now at Collège Maximilien de Sully

The exhibition is dedicated to Instant City, flagship project of the English group Archigram. In the early 1968-1969 while the society of the spectacle announced by Guy Debord causes both rejection and fascination, the “instant city” embodies the desire for an architecture liberated from any anchor, a flying and aerial city that transforms the architectural situation.


Peter Cook (Archigram)"Instant City Visits Bournemouth", 196823 × 34,5 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)”Instant City Visits Bournemouth”, 196823 × 34,5 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon


In 1963, the British architect Peter Cook founded the group Archigram with W. Chalk, D. Crompton, D. Greene, R. Herron and M. Webb. Together, they revolutionize the architectural language by introducing popular culture, advertising, science fiction and comics. (more…)

(mini)Festival to close FRAC’s seasonal programme “Relief(s)”

The highlight of the events programmed is a week-long workshop carried out by Peaks, a French architecture office, with the help of high-schoolers of Orléans.



(mini)Festival to close FRAC’s seasonal programme “Relief(s)” © FRAC – Les Turbulences


The regional center for contemporary arts in Orléans, France -namely Les Turbulences FRAC Centre, designed by Jakob + Macfarlane Architects in 2013- is ending its summer activities with a final line-up of events that will take place from the 16th to the 20th of september.

FRAC will bring to an end the Relief(s) cycle of exhibitions and activities, coinciding with the official European Heritage Days, with a “(mini)Festival” in which futuristic architecture and contemporary arts will be joined by a festive and exciting program, organized in partnership with L’Astrolabe, CCNO and CDN.


Peaks, Systèmes des Objets, Le Terrain, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, 2013

Peaks, Systèmes des Objets, Le Terrain, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, 2013



Workshop “Construction and evolution of Systèmes des Objets” by Peaks
16/09/2015 — 20/09/2015

Showing a desire to offer a generous place for the young architectural scene, the cycle Relief(s) invites the four architects of Peaks to appropriate the Galerie des Turbulences and the Frac Centre’s spaces.
This weeklong workshop will be an opportunity to produce an evolving arrangement, which can be used by the public and adapted to the programme of events that will be held during the week of the (mini)Festival.

The produced surfaces will trigger alternative actions and uses, serving as an evolving floor for concerts, lectures, discussions and performances.

In an ongoing state of reconfiguration, the Turbulences will be transformed every day by architects and young participants from the Pothier High school (Orléans).



Peaks is a group of four French architects formed in 2013 by Charles Aubertin, Camille Dupont, Samuel Jaubert de Beaujeu et Eva Maloisel.

Their experiments seek to create the conditions of a new relation between users and architectural space. Through the constant dismantling and reassembly of a series of scenographic arrangements, they broadly question the contem¬porary practice of architecture through its relation to users, to the programme, to matter and to its own history.

Their collaboration has given rise to a series of projects involving the occupation of spaces executed in institutional settings (Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, Bozar in Brussels), as well as propositions made for international competitions (120H, IMOA). Peaks is currently involved in the realization of private and public commission projects.


Peaks, Systèmes des Objets, Le Terrain, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, 2013

Peaks, Systèmes des Objets, Le Terrain, École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris, 2013


Events programme

Exhibition “Reverse of volume FC” by Yasuaki Onishi

Exhibition “Gérard Singer”

Conference “Un créateur doublement engagé : Gérard Singer”
Conference by Jean-Luc Daval, historian and art critic.
With the presence of Claudette Singer.
16/09/2015, 17h

Free workshop visits
Discover the Galerie des Turbulences, which will change everyday through the interventions of the architects and students!

Flash Visits all day long
Discover the Turbulences accompanied by a mediator (every hour, 30-minute visits)

Pop Up Atelier
Experiment pop-up and make a souvenir-letter!


… and many more! Check the whole week’s programme here, or download the brochure


Visitor information

FRAC _ Les Turbulences
88 rue du Colombier
45000 Orléans, France

From Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 September : 12h-19h
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September : 10h-19h
Entrance via Boulevard Rocheplatte
Free admission


Images and information courtesy of FRAC – Les Turbulences

Gérard Singer exhibition at FRAC Centre Orléans

The exhibition presents his research undertaken from the 1960s on, marking the shift from painting to the three-dimensional space, and then to the urban scale.


"Le Tribulle bleu", Gérard Singer © FRAC Centre

Canyoneaustrate model, 1986, Gérard Singer © FRAC Centre


Somewhere between art and architecture, Gérard Singer’s œuvre is deeply marked by a sense of innovation and commitment, introducing new ways of seeing and conceiving space. His experiments, developed over four decades, are nurtured by a close relation with the mountain and his intensive activity as a mountaineer. (more…)

“When water meets architecture” utopia and enviroment at Musée de la Marine de Loire

The exhibition presents alternative solutions in form of rational or utopian projects, realized or not, which incorporate water in different ways. Appearing as a new territory, the water is covered with floating or underwater architectures, inhabited bridges and lake cities.


R&Sie(n), Venise, Acqua Alta, 1998 © FRAC Centre

R&Sie(n), Venise, Acqua Alta, 1998 © FRAC Centre


The question of adapting architecture to the fluctuating presence of water arises globally today. Extreme weather events and the consequences of climate change – in 2015 the World Climate Conference will be held in Paris – recall how this theme is of central importance.

Appearing as a new territory, the water is covered with floating or underwater architectures, inhabited bridges and lake cities. It is also the inspiration of a “liquid architecture” dominated by fluid and moving lines. And finally, in liquid or gaseous form, it becomes a material of architecture. The models, drawings and video in the exhibition reflect this research and are applied to all environments: the marine environment with the coastline, the fluvial and lacustrine environment. (more…)