The exhibition Praise of the Method puts into perspective the specific approach of the operation of the Gare d’Auteuil. Unique urban piece, in line with the experiments that have marked the history of housing in France and fruit of an international competition launched by the City of Paris in 2008, this operation is carried out by a “collective of authors” consisting of four architects and a landscape architect: Anne Demians, Francis Soler, Rudy Ricciotti, Finn Geipel and Louis Benech.
“The Housing Laboratory. Éloge de la méthode”
19 April – 15 September, 2019
Citè de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
1 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, Paris
Anne Demians, Francis Soler, Rudy Ricciotti, Finn Geipel, architects, with Louis Benech, landscape. Four architects, two owners, a general contractor, for one purpose: to build the city by housing.
By opting for the fragmentation of the volumes constructed, the architects accentuated the crossing character of the operation and brought the possibility of realizing a real green flow. Departing from the local plan of urban planning that required alignment, they offered another device, more permeable to views and breathing, in a project that also meets the density requirements of the contemporary city.
The challenge of this exhibition is to put into perspective a specific approach that is in line with the experiments that have marked the history of housing in France. The success of this project makes it a landmark that the Platform for Architectural Design has chosen to present as part of its “Laboratory Housing·. This first project monograph also opens a new meeting, the collection of “Portraits of Architecture. ”