19. French Pavilion – Nouvelles du Front, Nouvelles Richesses
Commissioner: Institut Français, ministère de la culture et de la communication – direction générale des patrimoines. Curator: Frédéric Bonnet – OBRAS e AJAP 14 (PNG, Boidot & Robin, Studio 1984, Studiolada, Boris Bouchet, Claas architectes, R Architecture, NeM / Niney et Marca architectes). Exhibitors: A group of architecture firms.
The French pavilion focuses on the original role of architecture, i.e. how can an architect create something that improves the daily life of everyone? There are an ever increasing number people on earth that do not have and are looking for a decent place to live, and the conditions for achieving this are getting more complicated every day.
The exhibition starts from ordinary living situations in France, which everyone knows but which are mostly overlooked. Even though no one pays attention, transformations take place, often with the support of local organizations and as a collective effort. These projects are sometimes modest, but they develop simple solutions for their residents, their visitors, their users which makes their value undeniable. The outcome exceeds the work of the architect and becomes a shared intelligence.
The main room of the pavilion shows 10 places in France which have been transformed. Images show both the original state and the recent transformation, and most importantly also how the change has improved the daily living situation of the residents. The three smaller rooms are filled with pictures, drawings, building models and testimonies of different projects in France.