Preservation Example: Cité de Refuge
by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, Paris, France, 1933
DATE: 18/10/2017
"Visit to the building made in Paris in 1933 by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, example of shared restoration of an architectural and social heritage

In France there are several initiatives that are taking place in support of modern and contemporary architecture, as is also shown by one of the recent measures of the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, concerning labellisation as the 20th century heritage of ten public works, places of life and work and examples of innovation, realized in Paris during the Fifth Republic, including the Center Pompidou and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. But in addition to top-down legal measures, most recent patrimony instances are pursued above all in everyday life, with bottom-up approaches, through awareness raising initiatives such as the upcoming Journées nationales de l´architecture, set up in 2016, and the Journées européennes du patrimoine , of which the 2017 edition has just been completed.

This initiative has also joined the complex made up of the Cité de Refuge, created in 1933 by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, and by the Center Espoir, the extension signed in 1978 by Georges Candilis and Philippe Verrey, opening to the public and allowing to consider the results of the restoration project promoted by Fondation de l´Armée du Salut and 3F-Résidences Sociales de France just under two years after the conclusion. The works, funded with public and private resources, were carried out in two phases, allowing the structure to continue to operate: the first circulated at the Center Espoir conducted by Opéra Architectes (2011-14); the second part of the Cité de Refuge, which was partially included in the cultural heritage since 1975, curated by François Chatillon, Architecte en chef des Monuments Historiques, and Opéra Architectes (2014-15)."

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