Monographs

Patrick Bouchain

Architecture as relation

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.

288 pages
Actes Sud Editions
November 2018

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s/he would rather do FICTION MAKER

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.

232 pages, English edition

Les Turbulences - Frac Centre

Architects Jakob + MacFarlane

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.

120 p., French/English
2013
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Flight Assembled Architecture - Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello d'Andrea

In 2011, Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello d'Andrea presented at the FRAC Centre, Orléans, a pioneer project: Flight Assembled Architecture, the first architectural installation to be built entirely by flying machines.
This book recounts the story of this original approach and reveals a radically new way of thinking about and materialising architecture.

176 pages, bilingual edition (Fr/En)
2013
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Nevers - Architecture Principe

dir. Frédéric Migayrou
184 pages, bilingual edition (Fr/En)
2010
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Biothing [Alisa Andrasek]

In the wake of the digital revolution, a young generation of architects is now experimenting, at an international level, with the potential of the computer in terms of architectural design. In the vanguard of this research, Alisa Andrasek and her laboratory Biothing (created in 2001) explore the “new materiality” of architecture, on the borders of biology, mathematics, and genetics. This publication offers an insight on the scientific and aesthetic issues of a research that follows the mutations of today’s world.

144 pages, bilingual edition (Fr/En)
2009
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Ugo La Pietra - Habiter la ville

As a major figure of the radical scene of the 60s and 70s, Ugo La Pietra (1938) began his critique of the modern world through a vast alternative programme: “the destabilising system.” At the confluence of art, architecture, and design, the audiovisual environments, installations and interventions that he sets up in cities offer a new experience of urban spaces: “Inhabiting is being at home everywhere.” Through previously unpublished essays and illustrations, this publication puts Ugo La Pietra’s artistic curriculum into perspective.

144 pages, french edition
2009
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dECOi Architectes

dECOi’s approach is marked by the permanent search for new generative possibilities for architecture, at the crossroads between unique conception and production procedures. For dECOi, technical mutations are a matter of cultural experience in its broadest sense, including architecture. Their research on “parametric” modelling led to a new dynamics of forms, which brings into play a fluid and progressive architecture, capable of being created in real time.

104 pages, bilingual edition (Fr/En)
2008
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Ant Farm

Ant Farm was a radical American group founded in San Francisco by Doug Michels and Chip Lord in 1968. All through the 70s, it cultivated the subversive and underground posture so characteristic of the Beat generation. Influenced by Buckminster Fuller, Paolo Soleri or Archigram’s research on light structures and alternative habitats, Ant Farm’s projects put today’s American culture into perspective by condemning its consumerist obsessions. The iconic objects of Pop culture (cars, televisions, amusement or communication devices) are featured throughout their many video projects, performances, and other spectacular installations, up to their dissolution in 1978 following their studio’s destruction by fire. This book retraces the richness and historical impact of their approach, in which humour and a breath of emancipation are the driving force of experimentation.

176 pages, bilingual edition (Fr/En)
2007
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Ettore Sottsass Jr. '60 - '70

This publication highlights the exceptional richness demonstrated in the work of Ettore Sottsass Jr. (1917-2007) during the 60s and 70s: industrial and experimental design, ceramics, installations, photography, conceptual architecture projects… Sotsass is considered as one of the major creators of the 20th century, and is internationally recognised for having renewed our approach of design, particularly through his research on the senses. This book gathers some fifteen texts written by Sottsass himself, for the most part translated into French for the first time, combined with an exceptional set of illustrations.

dir. Milco Carboni
296 pages, french edition
2006
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Décosterd et Rahm - Distortions

Philippe Rahm (1967) and Jean-Gilles Décosterd’s (1963) approach consists in the appropriation of time and space as architectural materials, by exploring the spectre of emptiness and the density of bodies to give rise to a physiological architecture. Hormonal cities, physiological gardens, melatonin rooms, high altitude environments, placebo paintings… Here, architecture becomes an energy field riddled with temporal and geographical breaches.

124 pages, bilingual edition (Fr/En)
2005
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Didier Fiuza Faustino / Bureau des mésarchitectures - Anticorps

Didier Fiuza Faustino (1968) creates performances, installations, videos, and commissions in public spaces, while also developing his career as an architect. Exploring the gaps between public and private spaces, his projects question the body in its perceptive, social, and political dimensions, by plunging it in a state of instability. This publication, which Faustino conceived as a project in itself, presents his projects around the idea of an urban fiction: Hygienapolis, a aggregate of utopias and realities that questions the identity of architecture and the position of the individual in its dialogue with collective spaces.

128 pages, bilingual edition (Fr/En)
2004
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James Wines et Site - Architecture dans le contexte

Closely related to radical architecture and Land Art, James Wines (1932) started to develop his research on architecture in its relationship to its surroundings in the 60s, thus opening up a path for an interaction between art, technology, and nature. James Wines sees architecture and landscape as parts of the same continuum. His agency SITE (“Sculpture In The Environment”), based in New York, gained international recognition with its spectacular designs, such as the series of BEST stores (Indeterminate Facade in Houston, 1975) and the Inside/Outside Building in Milwaukee in 1984. This monograph presents a series of environmental works, in which James Wines defends the concept of indetermination as well as a large number of architectural projects from 1968 to this day, where he asserts himself as the protagonist of “green” architecture.

152 pages, bilingual edition (Fr/En)
2002
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Gianni Pettena

Gianni Pettena (1940) is a central figure of Italian radical architecture in the 60s and 70s. Through his works (drawings, performances, or installations) and abundant written material, Pettena defines himself as an “anarchitect”: one for whom “speaking of architecture is a metaphor of speaking of a creative condition destined to design architecture, but which ends up making art.” At the confluence of land art and conceptual art, Pettena’s experimental work explores the multiple relationships between architecture and nature, thus opening up the field of the work of art to the scale of both the body and the context, whether natural or urban.

164 pages, french edition
2002
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Sylvie Ungauer

Published on the occasion of the artist’s residency at the Calder Studio in Saché in 1999-2000, this volume is a presentation of Sylvie Ungauer’s approach. Favouring tools such as video, optic fibre, or the Internet, that she sees as relational vehicles, the artist explores the multiple networks that structure both our society and the relationship between the individual, the space he lives in and the outside world.

40 pages, bilingual edition (Fr/En)
2000
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Mutations @morphes - R, DSV et Sie. P

Published on the occasion of the Amorphous Mutations exhibition at the FRAC Centre in 1998, this volume approaches the research carried out by François Roche’s agency. In this case, architecture fits into its environment through a double motion of mimesis and recycling, extraction, and transformation, made possible by digital conception technologies such as morphing, for instance.

48 pages, bilingual edition (Fr/En)
1998
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Objectile

Published on the occasion of the Objectile (from furniture to architecture) exhibition at the FRAC Centre in 1998, this volume presents the research carried out by the design and architecture studio Objectile, based in Paris, which then included Bernard Cache, Patrick Beaucé, and Taoufik Hammoudi. Objectile works on the industrial conception and production of curved shapes, which come in a variety of forms: sculpture, design, furniture, building components, architecture, urbanism, or landscape design. By using the computer aided manufacturing software that they created (TOPCAD), Objectile achieves a series of “non-standard” objects, both similar and different, like singular variations on a same morphological theme, and which Gilles Deleuze would call “Objectile” in his book The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque, published in 1988.

40 pages, bilingual edition (Fr/En)
1998
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David Georges Emmerich

Published on the occasion of the David Georges EMMERICH / Architect-Engineer exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum of Orléans in 1997, this monographic volume presents the research of an essential figure of 20th-century architecture. A major representative of structural morphology in France, in the wake of Buckminster Fuller and Robert Le Ricolais, Emmerich started studying new construction forms in the 50s, based on the assembling and combination of complex geometrical structures. His research would exercise a decisive influence on the inflatable architectures of the 60s and 70s.

96 pages, french edition
1997
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Surrouding Time - Langlands et Bell

Published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Château de Chambord in 1993, this volume is the work of British artists Langlands & Bell, who propose a metaphorical reading of blueprints. Hospitals, museums, monuments, industrial buildings, etc., are all reoccupied in order to reveal the contradictions of urbanism, while also highlighting its social, economic, and political issues. The architectural blueprint is, in this case, read as a logotype that makes its way through history.

112 pages, bilingual edition (Fr/En)
1993
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