On the occasion of the first Biennial of Architecture and Landscape of Ile-de-France (Bap!) held from May to July 2019 in Versailles, an exhibition entitled Augures, laboratory of new architectural practices, was held at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles under the scientific curatorship of Djamel Klouche, Professor at ENSAV, architect and urban planner co-founder of the architecture and urban planning agency AUC. Augures sought to question the built world through the presentation for a few months of a laboratory of new architectural practices as auguries in the coming climatic metropolis. The climatic metropolis engages through its making three major breaks that structure and will durably structure our contemporary society :
- the question of the new climate regime: how are the metropolitan territories able to respond to the stakes and ambitions brought to the COP 21 and the way in which the planet is becoming a new actor that must sit at the negotiating table?
- the question of acceleration and we could say deceleration: how new technologies are changing our approaches to building cities and their territories and rebuilding a new form of urban economy with greater solidarity?
- the question of the common good: we are witnessing the emergence of a more horizontal society where people are more inclined to want to play an increasingly important role in the making of their immediate and distant environment.
The combination of these three issues and the way in which architects, urban planners and landscape architects are responding to these challenges make Augures a laboratory for new practices. It is conceived as a stimulating confrontation of immersive project scenarios and prospective research.
This book puts into perspective, through texts and images, the contributions of more than 30 European and international collectives, architects, urban planners, landscape architects and thinkers of our contemporary territories engaged in these issues.
This collection of texts and images, which takes the form of an abecedarium, was conceived under the scientific direction of Djamel Klouche, and under the artistic and graphic direction of Joris Kritis.
Published following the eponymous exhibition at the École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Versailles (France) in 2019.
With Building Territory, Architecture Workroom Brussels, AWP, Appareil & IAAC, Barrault Pressacco & Giaime Meloni, Baukuh, Sabri Bendimerad & Monique Eleb
, Black Square, CAB & Martial Marquet, CENTRAL, Concorde, Didier Fiúza Faustino
, Fosbury Architecture
, Anne Frémy, Matteo Ghidoni & Jean-Benoît Vétillard, Laurent Grasso
, GRAU, Go Hasegawa, Institut Palmyre, Kuehn Malvezzi & Plan Común, L.A., Elisabeth Lebreton, MOS, NP2F, Samia El Hadj & Hugo Christy, Piovenefabi, Post-Office Architects, Jean-Christophe Quinton, Philippe Rahm, Raumplan & Delfino Sisto Legnagni, Maria Fernanda Serna & Sibille Vieira, UR, Peaks, Altitude 35 & ZEFCO...
Djamel KLOUCHE is an architect and urban planner, graduate of the School of Architecture of Paris La Seine, holder of a of the DEA Urban Territories of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and of the DESS Urbanisme, Planning and Local Development from Sciences Po Paris. He is a professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure of Architecture of Versailles (ENSAV). He co-founded AUC with Caroline Poulin and François Decoster.