2019

Paris 2024 Media Cluster

Grand Paris public spaces’ study

Grand Paris public spaces’ book

Emergence and ornament

The monumental statue of the Republic of Charles and Léopold Morice was inaugurated in 1883 in Paris on the eponymous square, almost a hundred years after the French Revolution. Within a century, Parisian squares and green areas have been filled with statues, as if the Notre-Dame’s stone book had spread into the public space of the capital city.

Method

Material

Infrastructure

Maine-Montparnasse

2018

T6B

Essec

The anarchitecture to Come

It is vital to look back on Gordon Matta-Clark’s work, among other reasons, to highlight little-known facets of a shape-shifting oeuvre. The exhibition “Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect”, and the accompanying catalogue, do so by revealing Matta-Clark as truly engaged in his era, concerned with the nameless, the have-nots of his time

Architecture of the Ground

There is a striking paradox in the fact that, from that which is called architecture, commonly designing the world of buildings, the ground is excluded, in that the very area in which man has produced the most architecture – one could say that man has most “architectured” – in the course of his history, is precisely the ground itself.

Clichy-Batignolles

Avalanche

Antwerp Ring Road

Bry-sur-Marne

2017

Aubervilliers

Liquid Earth

With the Mediterranean Sea as their starting point, research collective Avalanche (TVK, Anyoji Beltrando and KH studio) reflects on the Sea and Earth as infrastructure. The Mediterranean as the birthplace of the Babylonian myth has been swallowed in a liquid infrastructure of global trading that turns the back to its hinterland and resettle in the open sea.

Meanwhile… On uchronia in architecture

The objective of TVK’s research is to grapple with the complexity and paradoxical character of the contemporary city, to pursue its construction in a time that would be on the one hand continuous -a set of rules that would transcend the contextual and contingent real (an utopia?)- and on the other hand, discontinuous, which, conceived in “seasons”, allows the project to always happen without linearity or certainty (an uchronia?). As such there is forged their concept of “screenwriting” (scénarisation), of urban design in particular and architecture in general.

Porte de Montreuil

IMGP – Campus Cachan

IMGP – Leclaire Clichy-sous-Bois

IMGP – Saint-Denis Pleyel

The Mediterranean in the middle of the Sea

The Mediterranean Sea, a space where some of the most powerful forms of urban living were born is today a vertiginous place. The Sea is at the same time bathing spot and place of death, a burning border between north and south.
2016

Lima Museum of Art

Pavilion of Tunisia

Boulogne

Reinventing Paris – Éole-Évangile

Brussels Goujons

Bobigny La Place

The Greater Paris or a new conquest of the city’s frontier

Paris’s inner suburbs form an urban ring that has its own existence and definition: a clearly legible space, a periphery, la ville du Périphérique [The Ring Road City]: a vast metropolitan open space

Lausanne train station square

Marseille Quartiers Libres

Reinventing Paris – M5A2

2015

Ourcq-Jaurès

Platform of Architectural Creation

Saint-Ouen

E40 Highway Brussels

The infrastructure clarifies the intermediate city

Faced with this fact, one strategy is possible: a “weak points” method, which would ‘tackle’ the little things, the weak points of the road system, and echo the increased importance of “weak signals”, in terms of mobility practices.

Lourmel

Nice Méridia

A metropolitan place

The public places around the metro stations of Greater Paris refer to the vague notion of metropolitan public place. To remedy this vagueness, I suggest that we look at the more precise issue of the metropolitan place. The public places around stations in fact represent the contact point between the metropolitan dimension (the network of mobility) and the place (the local territory).
2014

Like an Adolescent City

It is possible to see the construction of Thiers’s city wall in 1845 as the starting point of the modern adventure for Paris and the beginning of the building of the Parisian metropolis. Originally, the military rampart was a wall in the midst of fields, but one which founded a new city and an administrative boundary which today still defines an inside and an outside, a centre and a periphery…

Podia

TAKE 01

New Cities of New Worlds

The Greater Paris is a fiction. The reality is that of a famous, dense and extremely concentric European capital with its long and prestigious contribution to the history of urban planning, at the centre of a vast metropolitan area defying description
2013

Valenton

Arcueil housing

Système Ouvert

Notes on urban furniture

Street furniture’ is the term we use for objects that ‘inhabit’ the public environment, despite them not being mobile. What this term in fact designates is the non-immutable nature of objects that are liable to change more often than the city’s buildings.

Garonne-Eiffel or the nature/infrastructure combination

The metropolitan condition created by modernity has engendered such paradoxes that the future of metropolises will depend greatly on everybody’s capacity to surpass and harmonise them...

NUMA

Place de la République

Fluctuat Nec Mergitur Pavilion

2012

A4 Highway

Campus Condorcet

Campus Grand Parc

Jean-Jacques Bosc Bridge

Garonne-Eiffel Bordeaux

Cancer-Campus

This embedded monument is a receptacle for the expression of the strengths of a district.

Scenarisation

Can infrastructures be sustainable?

The sustainable city imperative must not lead to an obsession with the future, but being capable of thinking on a long-term basis, and therefore of also thinking in terms of the past. The sustainable transformation of metropolises must be a metamorphosis.
2010

Zero Energy school complex

Student housing

2009

Timber-framed house

Fourty years of urban theories

Deciphering the city as it exists presupposes understanding the most obscure and hard-to-describe urban phenomena. The fact is that the historical parts of the city are often well assimilated and well-known, while elements which are the hardest to understand are to be found among the most recent, among the emerging phenomena which form the city’s indescribable present…

The Greater Paris

Paris’s Ring Road: decoding a metropolitan territory

Preparing the beltway zone’s regeneration through projects for its transformation and metamorphosis is a huge challenge. Eliminating Paris’s beltway would be senseless because it represents an extremely important historic sedimentary layer.
2008

Club Med La Caravelle

No Limit

“No Limit” Introduction

The highroad is paradoxical. While it irrigates and opens up the world, it also divides and pollutes it. Roads and cars formerly brought adventure, freedom and development; now they are hated. However, the highroad is there, firmly present, still young and robust…
2005

Chaperon Vert masterplan

2003

The Ring Road City

2000

Porte de Bagnolet

In the contemporary city-dweller’s imagination and sensibility, the large-scale infrastructures so familiar to most of us are incompatible with the city.
1999

Paris’ Ring Road