"Our fathers had a Paris of stone, our sons will have a Paris of plaster. ", wrote Victor Hugo. As time goes by, Parisian architecture evolves, but what about its raw materials?
For its eighth edition of the Petites Leçons de Ville, the Conseil d'Architecture, d'Urbanisme et de l'Environnement (Council of Architecture, Town Planning and the Environment) (CAUE) de Paris invites us to conferences, as part of the cycle PARIS fait PARISA program to discover Parisian public facilities under construction, to explore the Parisian landscape through five construction materials: wood, stone, brick, metal and concrete.
Qhat are these materials ? Where do they come from? How are they used? What is their life cycle? What physical constraints do they impose, in terms of resource availability and ageing? What strategies, both economic and environmental, do they involve?
Day care centres, schools, swimming pools, libraries, gymnasiums... public facilities play an essential role in the lives of Parisians: while providing a public service, they structure the city, transform the district in which they are located and change its image...
Since 2014, the City of Paris has been engaged in an ambitious programme of creation and rehabilitation of public facilities. By 2020, 100 public facilities projects will have been delivered or rehabilitated. All of them will have to strive to meet the objectives set by the City: mix, quality of use, cost control, energy savings, vegetalisation and innovation in building.
This vast programme of works will have a lasting impact on the urban landscape and the daily lives of Parisians. This is why the City of Paris is joining forces with the CAUE de Paris, the Pavillon de l'Arsenal and Paris&Co to launch the "Paris fait Paris" operation to highlight the importance of the design and implementation work carried out on a daily basis by the City's departments, project management teams and companies.
Throughout 2018, the CAUE de Paris and the Direction Constructions Publiques et Architecture (DCPA) of the City of Paris invite Parisians to a series of events: This cycle of 5 evenings invites you to explore the Parisian landscape through wood, stone, brick, metal and concrete.
1st lesson on Thursday, March 8th from 7pm to 9pm: THE WOOD - No axe, no hut! - How does the wood industry respond to contemporary ecological issues?
The event will begin with a lesson from the architect... Roland SchweitzerHe is a leading specialist in the use of wood in architecture, and is the author of the headquarters of the Regional Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry in Châlons-en-Champagne.
The architect Steven Ware will then present a case study on the Opalia Bédier-Est offices he recently delivered in the 13th arrondissement of Paris.
Finally, this conference will close with the testimony of Patrice Brière, Deputy Managing Director of the company Génère, on the wood industry "from recovery to reuse".