Between 1966 and 1974, a European protest movement developed, which claimed an opening of architecture to conceptual and artistic practices, free of any constructivist aim.
With his book Green Architecture (2000), the architect and theorist James Wines calls the attention of his peers to the ecological disasters related to the building industry. Going beyond a mere environmentalist criticism, he formulates the need to produce a universal message, a “green” aesthetic that presents itself as a true communicative iconography.
Catalogue of the first Orleans Biennale of Architecture: introduced by a series of texts on Guy Rottier, Demas Nwoko and Patrick Bouchain, the publication offers an intersecting vision from over forty contemporary architects working on building a shared world. The concluding part presents a mapping of the research in architecture.
This limited edition book set gathers two catalogues of the Frac Centre collection (experimental architectures 1950-2012 and Art & Architecture) and offers an exceptional exploration-both historical and critical-of the relations between art and architecture in creation from the 1950's until today.
Collector object, it contains as well a DVD of the film "Les Visionnaires, une autre histoire de l'architecture" (2013) a documentary by Julien Donada produced in collaboration with Frac Centre-Val de Loire and about the architectural utopias of the 1960's and 1970's.
The book was published for the occasion of La ville au loin [The City
from Afar] presented in 2015 and makes an account of this exhibition,
devised like a story in four acts in multiple geographies and
temporalities: Rouen, Montpellier, Marseille, and Orléans.
An artwork in each of the collections of the 22 other Fracs had been selected, entering into conversation with the collection of Frac Centre-Val de Loire and the invited artists’ works.
Here, it was a question of discussing our systems of distanciation, our systems of vision. “The city is distancing itself,” Jean-Luc Nancy tells us, “it has now retreated by a distance that tendentiously covers the entire territory.”
Patrick Bouchain has become a master of the art of understanding,
federating, and revealing the insights, knowledge, and skills for
inhabiting the world differently. Applying a retrospective view to the
last five decades of creation, this book presents an original inventory
of some one hundred and fifty projects devised by Patrick Bouchain from
1967 to 2017.
It follows the donation of archives to the Frac Centre-Val de Loire, whose collection is one of the largest in the world for architecture, then the solo exhibition that was presented at the first edition of the Biennale d’Architecture. Designed like an atlas, the book revealed the contents of the many notebooks created as each project developed, in which the circumvolutions of drawing are combined with collage and writing, the rebounds of thinking out loud, unfailingly stimulated by social dialogue.
This book is a psychological cartography that returns to the exhibition eILe Pr_FAIRE FICTION (flashback 1993-2050) presented at Frac Center-Val de Loire in 2016-2017.
This book retraces the origins of a novel architecture, deciphering the conception of the project and its digital modelling; the construction phases, from factory to on-site assembly; the contextual challenge of the building; and the intervention of Electronic Shadow's mediafacade.