Biennale d'Architecture d'Orléans #1

Walking through someone else's dream
13/10/2017
01/04/2018

Curators

Artists and Architects

Patrick Bouchain

Honored guest

Les Turbulences, Orléans

On the occasion of the donation of his archives to the Frac Centre- Val de Loire, a retrospective exhibition will retrace 4 decades of creation, pay tribute to his methodology, showcase years of learning and teaching, and highlight his political commitment to architecture. The exhibition will seek to describe the process behind his work as an “architectural director”, resulting in interpretational and experimental buildings with “high human qualities”. Special attention will be paid to his drawings, and an exhaustive presentation of the scale models of his projects will showcase the full extent of his work.

His architecture is an architecture that trusts, values the workforce, focuses on residents, is cost-efficient, remains open-minded, defuses conflict, and overcomes the obstacles of “professional hindrances” for the sole pleasure of making.

Guy Rottier (1922 - 2013)

First monographic exhibition

This tribute exhibition will retrace Guy Rottier’s career and major projects, which are as many manifestos for an architecture that strays from the beaten track, like “tangible poetry” (Pierre Pinoncelli), always combining humour and wittiness with the ingenuity of technical solutions to bring genuine answers to issues faced by housing and to the needs of its users.

Demas Nwoko

Focus

Collégiale St Pierre Le Puellier, Orléans

Demas Nwoko is a major player in the history of Nigerian architecture. A guru of the ‘iconoclastic modernist movement’ since the 1950s, he was heavily involved in this demand for independence trendDemas Nwoko is a major player in the history of Nigerian architecture. A guru of the ‘iconoclastic modernist movement’ since the 1950s, he was heavily involved in this demand for independence trend and in the affirmation of cultural nationalism. An architect, artist, sculptor/ scenographer, entrepreneur and teacher, Nwoko advocates a synthesis of the arts to his pupils at the National College of Arts, Science and Technology in Zaria. and in the affirmation of cultural nationalism. An architect, artist, sculptor/ scenographer, entrepreneur and teacher, Nwoko advocates a synthesis of the arts to his pupils at the National College of Arts, Science and Technology in Zaria.