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Maison Edouard François Transforms Sports Stadium Into Residential and Commercial Green Space

12:00 - 4 September, 2016
Maison Edouard François Transforms Sports Stadium Into Residential and Commercial Green Space, © LMNB
© LMNB

Maison Edouard François, in partnership with ABC Architectes, has won the competition for the requalification of the former Ray Stadium into housing, landscaped gardens, shops, sports facilities, and parking, beating other competing firms like Herzog & de Meuron and Rudy Riciotti

Video: Frédéric Bonnet and Grichka Martinetti Explain "Nouvelles Richesses", the French Contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale

12:00 - 3 August, 2016
Video: Frédéric Bonnet and Grichka Martinetti Explain "Nouvelles Richesses", the French Contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale

In this interview, presented in collaboration with PLANE—SITE, Frédéric Bonnet of Obras Architecture and Grichka Martinetti of PNG, curators of the French contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale, discuss their commitment to celebrating meaningful architecture in various contexts, and the ways in which this passion was translated into their exhibition. The duo explains the concepts driving the exhibition design, including their choice to exhibit small-scale work from throughout France rather than focusing on the large, high-profile architecture found in the major cities.  

This Speculative Project Imagines A Mixed-Use Building Wrapped Around the Arc de Triomphe

16:45 - 29 July, 2016
This Speculative Project Imagines A Mixed-Use Building Wrapped Around the Arc de Triomphe, © Patterlini Benoit
© Patterlini Benoit

French architect Patterlini Benoit has imagined a mixed-use building to be wrapped around one half of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Completed in 1836 as a memorial to the victories of the French armies under Napoleon, Paris’ triumphal arch is one of the most iconic and visited landmarks in France and the world over. But Benoit argues that its status as a tourist destination has removed it from the authentic cityscape that is used by everyday Parisians. His proposal attempts to reclaim the monument for the city by dividing the arch with an enormous mirrored plane – visually competing the monument from one perspective and providing new function from another. In this way, Benoit claims, the structure can be “brought into modernity without denying history.”

See the 17 Le Corbusier Projects Named as UNESCO World Heritage Sites

12:05 - 18 July, 2016
See the 17 Le Corbusier Projects Named as UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (commonly referred to as UNESCO) has named 17 projects in 7 countries by revolutionary Modernist architect Le Corbusier to their list of World Heritage Sites. Given to places of special cultural or physical significance, the designation will help to protect and preserve the buildings for future generations. Citing Le Corbusier’s inventive architectural language, UNESCO praised the collection of projects for “[reflecting] the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society.”

Soar Through a Neo-Byzantine Church in This Dramatic Drone Video

16:00 - 20 June, 2016
Soar Through a Neo-Byzantine Church in This Dramatic Drone Video

Set to a soundtrack suitable for the most climactic moment of an episode of Game of Thrones, this drone footage from filmmaking duo BigFly takes viewers inside the St. Louis Church in Paimboeuf, France. As it carefully navigates around the church’s arches and pendentives, the drone captures the space in a distinctly golden light, giving viewers up-close looks at the bold colors and flamboyant ornamentation for which the neo-Byzantine style is recognized.

See Le Corbusier’s Convent de la Tourette Come to Life in this New Video

14:00 - 22 May, 2016
See Le Corbusier’s Convent de la Tourette Come to Life in this New Video, © Montse Zamorano
© Montse Zamorano

One of the most significant buildings of the late modernist style, Le Corbusier’s Convent de la Tourette exemplifies the architect’s style and sensibilities in the latter end of his career. Built between 1956 and 1960 on a hillside near Lyon, France, the priory dominates the landscape, with its strict, geometric form.

National School of Architecture of Versailles Students Create Minimal Housing Structure

14:00 - 15 May, 2016
National School of Architecture of Versailles Students Create Minimal Housing Structure, Courtesy of the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V)
Courtesy of the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V)

A group of 20 students from the National School of Architecture of Versailles (ENSA-V), along with chief of project Frank Rambert, have designed and built a small-scale building based on the theme of “The Minimum Habitat.”

Jean-Paul Viguier Designs a Mixed-Use Timber Frame Tower in Bordeaux

12:00 - 25 April, 2016
Jean-Paul Viguier Designs a Mixed-Use Timber Frame Tower in Bordeaux, Courtesy of Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés
Courtesy of Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés

Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés, in partnership with Eiffage and Woodeum, have won the competition for a 57 meter timber tower in the Saint-Jean Belcier district of Bordeaux, France. A tower and two shorter buildings, the 17,000 square meter mixed-use project contains housing, offices, and retail space, and is part of a larger master plan intent on spurring development in the vicinity of the Bordeaux-Saint-Jean railway station. The project name “Hyperion” is a reference to the world’s tallest living tree (a Sequoia sempervirens in Northern California) and emphasizes the proposal’s vanguard use of timber materials.

AL_A to Redesign Flagship Galeries Lafayette in Paris

12:00 - 21 March, 2016
AL_A to Redesign Flagship Galeries Lafayette in Paris, via Galeries Lafayette group
via Galeries Lafayette group

French department store Galeries Lafayette has selected London based AL_A to transform their historic flagship store on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris. Galeries Lafayette selected them with the goal of “building the department store of the 21st century” which will be designed to bring a completely new shopping experience to customers. The remodeling of the 40,000 square meter store is scheduled to begin in early 2017.

French "Utopian" Architect Claude Parent Dies Aged 93

12:00 - 29 February, 2016
French "Utopian" Architect Claude Parent Dies Aged 93, Claude Parent. Image © Emmanuel Goulet
Claude Parent. Image © Emmanuel Goulet

Claude Parent, a celebrated French architect and Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur, died on the evening of the 27th February 2016, the day after his 93rd birthday. Born in 1923 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Parent was a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris and, throughout his career, developed a limited but extremely influential body of built work ranging from nuclear power stations to shockingly unconventional shopping centers, such as his project in Sens. Described as both a utopian and a 'supermodernist' in his own lifetime, the methodology he shaped has played a significant role for his peers of all generations and for contemporary artists and thinkers including Jean Nouvel, who began his professional life as a collaborator.

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