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Earth, Air, Water and Blurred Boundaries at La Festival des Architectures Vives 2015

The south of France is known for its endless beaches, nineteenth century architecture, lush greenery, and monuments to its storied history. For nearly a decade, Le Festival des Architectures Vives (Festival of Lively Architecture) has been infusing contemporary architecture into the staid Southern French landscape through the creation of an array of artful temporary pavilions. Beginning in 2006 and 2013 respectively, the towns of Montpellier and La Grande Motte have played host to a series of structures designed to animate historical segments of the two cities. Founded with a mission to celebrate the seminal work of burgeoning architects, the festival aims to produce meaningful and interactive works designed to activate the historic centres of the two ageing cities.

Explore the bizarre and inspired installations of Le Festival des Architectures Vives after the break.

Promenade D'envolees. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures VivesThe Porthole. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures VivesPhoto Souvenir. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures VivesLes Arbres dans L'eau. Image © Paul Kozlowski / photoarchitecture / Festival des Architectures Vives+ 16