has been introduced, and is produced by, the City of Orléans, in
partnership with the Centre regional Council, and the backing of the Ministry
of Culture and Communication (Heritage and Architecture Office, Centre
Regional Current Affairs Office), in collaboration with the FRAC Centre
(Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain).
1999, ArchiLab brought together a wide range of international architects,
all keen to shed an aesthetic conception of architecture, the better to
assert their relationship to time, their presence in this reality, and
their ability to "turn words into action".
In 2000, ArchiLab / UrbaLab focused on the urban, perceived as a worldwide
continuity, underpinned by the laws of globalization.
In 2001, ArchiLab will concentrate more specifically on the area of individual
and collective housing.
Housing represents a strategic field of application in the formulation
of positions embracing problems connected with the effects of globalization.
How to encompass the clash between the cultural understanding of housing
and the phenomena of standardization bound up with a globalized economy?
Between pragmatism and utopia, between desire and reality, between individualism
and community, between use and form, logical systems square up to each
other, embracing an ever-present issue, whatever the set of problems adopted:
the issue of being rooted or anchored within a territory, as compared
with the phenomena of migration and nomadism.
Building on ashes (Detroit--Kyong Park), to set up the foundations of
a new urbanness, or conceiving housing based on the idea of a fragmentation
of spaces, and on the huge variety of real and virtual territories. Being
part of a territorial continuity that has nothing to do with nostalgia,
or making mutant houses, a continuity that can hook up, turning into a
"chamaeleon" and blend into any kind of setting, or unhook--"as
and when it feels like it".
Archilab 2001 will try to lost the experiments, experiences, and activities
of 90 architects, illustrate the current challenges and stances they are
putting forward, as well as their ability to transcribe the world as it
is, and anticipate what is to come, free dogma, and without explaining
Brayer, Béatrice Simonot
Orléans, France, Installation 2001 Mounting of the Detroit house
Marie-Ange Brayer, Béatrice Simonot >Scientific committee: Manuel
Gausa, Christian Girard, Bart Lootsma, Frédéric Migayrou,
Andreas Ruby >General co-ordination: Sophie Pétris >Project
supervision: City of Orléans >Cultural Programmes Office, Anne
Perrot Directrice, >assisted by Françoise-Hélène
Maupaté >General administration: Yves Duranthon >Design:
Matali Crasset >Graphics and public benefit image: Laurent Pinon >assisted
by Sébastien Morel >Writers
: Bénédicte Grosjean, Stéphane Allaire, Pierre Chabard
>Public relations: David Lafois >assisted by Solène Bescond
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