“Une architecture de l’engagement: L’AUA (1960-1985)” architecture and commitment at Paris

The works displayed show the diversity of the Atelier, and their impact on urban landscape. Models, drawings, photographs, films, publications, furniture, samples, prototypes and documents evoke the trajectory and the lives its members inside and beyond the walls of the AUA.


AUA, Atelier d'urbanisme et d'architecture, Bagnolet, 1968. La salle de dessin. Annie Tribel au premier plan et Jean Perrottet en arrière plan © Fonds Fabre Perrottet. SIAF

AUA, Atelier d’urbanisme et d’architecture, Bagnolet, 1968. La salle de dessin. Annie Tribel au premier plan et Jean Perrottet en arrière plan © Fonds Fabre Perrottet. SIAF


Shortly after the death of Le Corbusier, fifty years ago, the Circle of Architectural Studies awarded its price to three teams: the Atelier de Montrouge, the group of Salier Courtois, Lajus, Sadirac and Atelier d’urbanisme et d’architecture (AUA). The latter is particularly distinguished by its multidisciplinary nature, for it was the first to join architects, decorators, engineers, urban planners and sociologists around a common project, while maintaining a close relationship with politics and culture.

Through both a theme-based and chronological journey, the multifaceted work of the Atelier AUA is presented with models, drawings, photographs, publications, films and full-scale objects, elements from the buildings and furniture. (more…)

“The Piano Method” Renzo Piano Building Workshop at Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine Paris

This workshop-exhibition takes a journey through RPBW’s recent projects via a series of very detailed work tables that invite the visitor to immerse themselves in each project, its genesis and its specific logic. The exhibition’s thematic itinerary is built around six families of projects mainly in Europe and the United States, with a special focus on a humanitarian project in Africa.


Palazzina per uffici, 14th Triennale of Milan, Italy, 1967 Studio Piano © Fondazione Renzo Piano

Palazzina per uffici, 14th Triennale of Milan, Italy, 1967 Studio Piano © Fondazione Renzo Piano


The art of building and assembling is the trademark of Renzo Piano, born into a family of builders whose projects were experimentation fields in the technical sector as well as on the urban scale. If there is a common theme in his work, it is the relationship with the city. Designing the highest tower in Europe on a London train station in the same way as inserting asmall building in a Haussmannian block in Paris or developing an eco-district in northern Italy in Trento, or incorporating the new Maltese parliament into the “City of the Knights” in Valletta, are challenges that Renzo Piano and his team like to tackle. (more…)

“Concept & notation”: Bernard Tschumi’s retrospective travels to Basel

From the 9th of May to the 23rd of August 2015, the Swiss Architecture Museum presents the exhibition “Bernard Tschumi. Architecture: Concept & Notation”, an adaptation of his first great European retrospective, which was first shown in 2014 in the Centre Pompidou.


"Bernard Tschumi. Architecture: concept & notation" ©  SAM / Centre Georges Pompidou

“Bernard Tschumi. Architecture: concept & notation” © SAM / Centre Georges Pompidou


From the 9th of May to the 23rd of August 2015, the S·AM (Swiss Architecture Museum) presents the exhibition “Bernard Tschumi. Architecture: Concept & Notation“. The exhibition is an adaptation of the first great European retrospective on this influential theorist and practitioner Bernard Tschumi, which was first shown in 2014 in the Centre Pompidou, Paris. (more…)

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…)

“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…)

15 ans déjà! at La Galerie d’Architecture, «oeuvres uniques» on architectural representation in Paris

As a celebration for its 15th anniversary the gallery invites different agencies to present an original document representative of their work, thoughts and research.


Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé © La Galerie d'Architecture

Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé © La Galerie d’Architecture


This year, La Galerie d’Architecture is celebrating its 15th anniversary, and it wants to share this event with all architects, landscape architects, designers and photographers, inviting them to visit the exhibition “15 ans déjà!”, which no doubt will be a important milestone for the gallery. (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…)