Publication: Un bâtiment, combien de vies? La transformation comme acte de création
Cité de l´architecture et du patrimoine, 2015
"After reconstruction works of the postwar period, guided by the urgency and the "renovation-bulldozer" from 1960-1970 led by the ideology of the clean state, it is time for the transformation of existing buildings and urbanized territories. [...]
Facing the terrible reality of urban sprawl, a major consumer of natural spaces, the city of the XXI century is seeking new, more compact models. Therefore, everything is a matter of reconquest, of reappropriation, reuse, recycle. This urban renewal plunges us into the era of the overlay, the palimpsest, it opens the field reinterpretation or even that of the "reinvention" dear to Viollet-le-Duc. [...]
There is a logic to transform the built heritage, the densification of the city grows, reflection on sustainability leads to it. It is no doubt that the new space experimentation, technical and program of the XXI century, in a vital economic equation to solve. The look turns first into these spaces can come from industry (factories, gasometers, silos, warehouses ...). But, in the diversity of supply heritage today, the issue is much more complex and in fact concerns all types of construction: from the station to the prison, the church at the covered market, the castle, of water to the office tower, the garage to the tunnel, the viaduct to the dry dock ... [...]
This book, which accompanies the exhibition produced by the Cité de l´architecture et du patrimoine in Paris, has selected 72 projects in Europe, exceeding the requirement of upgrading outdated buildings or rehabilitation to affirm the idea processing as an act of full creation. It is organized into eight thematic sections, each introduced by the text of an architect or review on the transformation process, and offers a chronological perspective globally posing, over fifty years, milestones of changing transformation versus destruction debate."