Architecture Exhibitions International

Pavillon de l'Arsenal Paris

15 collaborative fabrications of the city

Sep 12–Oct 11, 2018
Le parc de Spoor Noord, Anvers © Ian Coomans / AG stadsplanning Antwerpen

To convoke collective intelligence to think a city step by step with its commuters, is a challenge of collaborative urban practice which emerges nowadays. When citizens' influence is essential to the urban fabrication, exposition “Co-urbanisme” explores different trails and interrogates the conditions of its realization for a better cohabitation between the citizens and professionals through 15 different approaches, in France and abroad.

Co-conception and management of public space, ephemeral equipment support of social activation, foreign universities and non-programmed spaces, co-programming tools, program map, open conception, 15 analyzed approaches in this exposition are ordinary or progressive innovations which interfere in the cities or innovations of rupture, which transform their processus. According to the group Approche.s!, these projects « often revive the principals in good way, erased by the financial or regulatory constraints. The challenge of this approach is to caracterize how these propositions would enrich the classical approaches of urban projects and how they are applied. It does not act to the general solutions. Each propostion is from a particular situation and  from the encounter with who knows about it, and is inspired by adaptation, méthodologicalhybridation and diversion of habitual tools". The teams which bring and devise these projects are diverse : architects, urbanistes, offices of interdisciplinary studies, publics, designers or cultural actors. They develop plural know-how, at the crosse of urban and human. The studios brought last spring at Pavillon de l’Arsenal with the professionqls, the habitants qnd the researchers, have permitted to identify the projects and to analyze their principles, methods and tools.

Urbanisme of extraordianary ordinary, these approaches try to spark off neighbourly relations in all domains. Experimental urbanisme, they prepare for testing the possibilities – in terms of customs, of planning but also of the social relations and of the relationship between the actors. Most often by the subtle forms, they rely on “déjà là”and increase the potentiality of the place. By considering the city as an ecosystem, their ways of intervention cross the extent of space and time, all to offer a place on the initiatives of the populations.