“We are interested in the question of the construction in time. The construction of the city and of the metropolis in time. The aim of our research is to seize the complexity and paradoxical nature of the contemporary city in order to continue its construction. This research crosses therefore essential topics, which are sometimes neglected in the contemporary city; such as the potential of architecture in locations determined by other factors, the role of large modern infrastructures, the status of monumentality, or the environmental condition in the metropolitan context. Architects can no doubt play their part in the construction of a collective culture of metropolitan metamorphoses. With no aesthetic or moral preconceptions, we are daily trying to identify the transitions of adolescent cities towards a still unknown urban era.”