Cergy-Pontoise and the new city ideals, at Pavillon de l’Arsenal

The exhibition answers the questions surrounding the new cities program with a broad display of documents, plans, photographs and audiovisual media, addressing the relationship of these plans with its contemporary intellectuals and similar initiatives in urban planning.

Promotional brochure of the EPA, circa 1974. © ADVO

Promotional brochure of the EPA, circa 1974 © ADV


From June 17 to September 20, Pavillon de l’Arsenal is looking back on the last fifty years of new cities, as in Cergy-Pontoise, a unique ex-novo conurbation on the outskirts of Paris built from the nineteen sixties onward, presenting the exhibition Cergy-Pontoise: formes & fictions d’une ville nouvelle” (Cergy-Pontoise: forms and fictions of a new city). (more…)

“Japon, l’archipel de la maison” on housing and density at Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine Paris

At the time of debate on the redensification of cities in the fight against urban sprawl, this Japanese reflection on the position of the house in the territory is also ours, every day, in a constant search of urban quality.


Maison KN par Kochi Architect's Studio © Jérémie Souteyrat

Maison KN par Kochi Architect’s Studio © Jérémie Souteyrat


A collaboration between the Forum of Urbanism and Architecture and the network of Maisons de l’Architecture, the exhibition “Japon, l’archipel de la maison” (“Japan, the house archipelago”) cultivates the apparent paradox to go very far (to Japan) to talk about what we have very close: housing as living space, in relation to the city that surrounds it. The Forum continues its regular reflection on the issue of living after a previous exhibition in 2014 on new forms of social housing. (more…)

ARCHI-SCULPTURE, interferences between architecture and sculpture at Villa Datris

The exhibition aims to explore the interactions between architecture and sculpture, understanding the richness and interferences that can be achieved through the dialogue between both worlds.


Wim DELVOYE "Cement Truck" Courtesy Galerie Perrotin, Paris © Tim Perceval

Wim DELVOYE “Cement Truck” Courtesy Galerie Perrotin, Paris © Tim Perceval


In 2015 Danièle Kapel- Marcovici, President of the Villa Datris, a private foundation dedicated to contemporary sculpture, chose to organize the exhibition ARCHI-SCULPTURE  in tribute to its member Tristan Fourtine, who died in January 2013. The theme was evident: a combination of sculpture, the original purpose of the Foundation – and architecture, in tribute to Tristan, a passionate of contemporary art. (more…)

Elegant, light and open: Herzog & de Meuron’s new stadium at Bordeaux

Able to hold over 42,000 people, the new stadium was designed by Herzog and de Meuron, architects renowned for their previous visions in Munich and Beijing. They won the international competition held in mid-2011.


© Francis Vigouroux

© Francis Vigouroux


A Stadium for Bordeaux
The new Bordeaux stadium appears light and open; it is elegant, if such a term can be used for a building of this size. Its purity and geometrical clarity inspires a sense of monumentality and gracefulness. One might be tempted to draw a comparison with a classical temple, but unlike the elevated plinth of a temple, the grand stairs of the stadium blur the boundaries between inside and outside. Countless columns standing on the stairs accompany the visitors on their way in and out of the stadium. The fusion of stairs and columns forms a gesture of openness and accessibility.



“Barnum City”: circus architecture and the appropriation of territory

Point H^UT celebrates its grand opening after two years of renovation works with an exhibition dedicated to architecture inspired by circus halls and merry-go-rounds, focusing on their ability to transform their environment.


Tiger & Turtle © Heike Mutter & Ulrich Genth

Tiger & Turtle © Heike Mutter & Ulrich Genth


The small town of Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, in central France, has very recently inaugurated Point H^UT, a new social centre dedicated to architecture events and workshops, occupying the grounds of a former industrial site. Among the many events and exhibitions programmed is Barnum City, a reflection on fairground architecture concerning the occupation and transformation of surrounding territory. Ranging from circus halls to merry-go-rounds, the exhibition aims at the constructive diversity of these dream-like architectural objects.

Originally produced by the Maison de l’architecture et de la ville Nord-Pas-de-Calais, and curated by Odile Werner and Sophie Trelcat, Barnum City – Architecture Foraine will be open until June 11, 2015, as part of Point H^UT’s official inauguration programme of events.


“Le Corbusier, measures of man” retrospective in Centre Georges Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou invites audiences to get a picture of the entire output of this major figure in modernity through the idea of human proportions, since the human body was a universal principle defining all aspects of architecture and spatial composition.


19. Le Corbusier, Le Modulor, 1950 Encre de Chine et collage de papiers gouachés et découpés, 70 x 54 cm Collection Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne © Centre Pompidou / Dist. RMN-GP/ Ph. Migeat © FLC, ADAGP, Paris 2015

Le Corbusier, Le Modulor, 1950 © Centre Pompidou


The Centre Pompidou is devoting a completely new retrospective, featuring some three hundred works, to the output of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, Le Corbusier. Curated by Frédéric Migayrou and Olivier Cinqualbre, the exhibition will be open until the 3rd of August, as one of the highlights of the Paris museum’s summer programme. (more…)

Call for entries for the 2nd edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award is now open

After Xaveer De Geyter —last edition’s winner— who will be the next Grand Prize? The BigMat Architecture Award rewards European architecture with more than 70.000€, distributed in 1 Grand Prize, 5 National Prizes and 12 runner-up awards.


Elishout Kitchen Tower Campus COOVI, Brussels, by Xaveer De Geyter Architects (XDGA) © Frans Parthesius

Elishout Kitchen Tower Campus COOVI, Brussels, by Xaveer De Geyter Architects (XDGA) © Frans Parthesius


The registration period for the 2nd edition of the BigMat International Architecture Award 2015 is now open. The biennial Prize aims to call attention to the built works that have made a major contribution to contemporary architectural culture in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Belgium (Walloon and Brussels City), particularly aware of these works’  dialogue with timeless themes in the history of architecture, as well as their relationship with energy efficiency parameters, sustainable construction and the quest for greater comfort and habitability, accepting any building typology (residential works, commercial works, industrial works, institutional works, etc.). (more…)

One building, how many lives? Exhibition in Paris: transformation as an act of creation

The exhibition focuses on an inherent issue of urban development: to reuse, in order to open the way for an urban revival. The concept of recycling as a way to stimulate a new approach on building cities.


Le Frac Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque, 2009-2013, Lacaton & Vassal architectes © Philippe Ruault

Le Frac Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque, 2009-2013, Lacaton & Vassal architectes © Philippe Ruault


Cité de l’rchitecture & du patrimoine in Paris is hosting an exhibition on an interesting discussion over architectural heritage and the concept of reuse and recylcing in urban terms. From the 17th of December 2014 to the 28th of September 2015, the Galerie d’architecture moderne will be showing a selection of 72 projects in France and abroad in order to set some examples of heritage-conscious urban renewal addressed from very different point of views.


Haussmannian flexibility. 40 housing units in Paris by LAN Architecture

The project pays homage to Paris and its 19th century Haussmanian architecture. A perfect extrusion of the lot, the project introduces the notion that, through flexibility and by emptying an architecture of its program, a building can generate a potential that will develop along with urban development, allowing it to readily respond to changes in its use.


© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo


The renowned French architecture office LAN Architecture have designed a new building in Clichy-Batignolles in Paris, paying homage to its local, historical architectural style from the nineteenth century in a contemporary way. LAN Architecture is the winner of the French National phase of the BigMat International Architectural Award.

Lot 4.2 is part of the new Clichy-Batignolles mixed development area and is located at the edge of boulevard Pereire. It has a unique urban situation. Ensuring the connection between these two architectural worlds is one of the challenges of this project, which also renders homage to Paris and the architecture of the 19th century. The Haussmann building has in fact revealed itself to be an extraordinarily open form of architecture capable of absorbing other uses than its originally intended ones. Our idea has been to exploit this sense of flexibility by creating an architecture that forms part of the city’s current logic, but which also offers solutions to current and future challenges. The building seeks to anticipate needs and changes by proposing a full reversibility between a residential and an office building. It uses a similar framework as for office buildings; the composition of the façade alternates one full module with two empty ones together with the core of the circulation, this ensures the structure. The size and regularity of the door and window openings, which are identical on the three façades, create a general image of the building without specifically denoting its use.


Habitat Metropole, exhibitions and activities to track down Paris’ urban housing

This spring’s programme of Pavillon de l’Arsenal include an exhibition on “Paris Habitat”, the city’s office of public housing, and “Paysages Habités” a display of 137 contrasting examples of Paris’ evolving housing.


Habitat Metropole © Antoine Espinasseau

Habitat Metropole © Antoine Espinasseau


From February 12, 2015 Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris will be host to an exhibition on the evolution of the city of Paris over the last century. Created in collaboration with the University of Versailles, the exhibition is composed of photographs, plans and drawings, and an impressive display of  an over 120 square-meter scale model representing the diversity of urban housing in the city.

Called “Habitat Metropole“, the activities programmed by Pavillon de l’Arsenal include not just exhibitions, but also a series of conferences and debates, guided tours around Paris, workshops and activities for families and children for a more dynamic and educational approach to understanding the changes undergone in the city’s buildings and Parisian’s way of life. (more…)