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Out There: Architecture beyond Building
Marion Napoly, January 12, 2009
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Emblematic of this attitude, certain major works appear as pioneers in this area. The Piano & Rogers plan for the Pompidou centre without taking up all the land so as to offer a public space, or that of Jean Nouvel and Jean-Marc Ibos for the subsidised housing of Nemausus, according to whom « A beautiful home is a great home » are symbolic of this desire to give more. In a context in which architecture is called on to meet the urgent quest for energy performance and in which budget contraints increasingly limit the range of what is possible, the French pavilion  is determined to demonstrate through « GeneroCity » in all its forms, historic and current, what giving more means : more interior space, and more public space.

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In terms of contemporary building, the idea of gift or bonus is given its full meaning in a panorama covering both experimental housing designed by Lacaton & Vassal at the Cité Manifeste in Mulhouse and the tramway terminal in Nice recently built by Marc Barani in the intertwining of relief and infrastructure, and including the bus drivers’ building built by Marrec & Combarel in Thiais… And, as this is a matter of “giving without taking anything away from the landscape”, according to Francis Rambert, “the example of the Historial de la Vendée confirms for us the infinite variety of the field of GeneroCity.”

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