Director of the Institut français d'architecture (since 2003, Cité de
l'architecture & du Patrimoine, Paris), Francis Rambert is an
architecture critic and used to work as a journalist from 1990 to 2004 for
the French daily paper Le Figaro, writing chronicles about architecture.
He was the curator of the French Pavilion at the Mostra di Architettura di
Venezia (Biennale di Venezia) in 2008; and curator of many
exhibitions during architecture biennale in Buenos Aires 1998 and 2001,
Rotterdam 2003, and Venice 2008.
Francis Rambert was also co-editor of Roberto Burle Marx – The Modernity of
Landscape (2011, Actar/Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoine,
France) ; curator of the exhibitions Claude Parent (2010, at Cité de
l'architecture & du Patrimoine, Paris) and Archi & BD - La
Ville Dessinée (2010, at Cité de l'architecture & du Patrimoine,
In 1989, he co-founded the magazine “d’architectures” of which he was
editor in chief until 2002. He signed numerous articles on architecture and
design in the Art press, of which “Beaux-Arts”, “le journal des Arts”, and
mainly “Connaissance des arts”.
He is the author of several architecture books among which a Massimiliano
Fuksas’ monography (Editions du Regard, 1997), and Architecture Tomorrow
(éditions Terrail, 2005).
In 2005, he has been distinguished as Officer in the Arts et Lettres order.
In 2010, he was awarded the Legion d’honneur in recognition of his work for
the development and promotion of architecture in France and abroad.
The importance of being specific in the transformation of
In the wake of the “Grand Paris” experience, that has raised crucial
questions in attempt of defining what could be the “Post-Kyoto metropolis”,
it is interesting to analyse the different approaches and tendencies that
foster the architectural debate in France. One of the major issues is the
transformation of buildings as an alternative to destruction. It is a way
of coping with the sustainable agenda as well as building “the city upon
the city”. These two key elements are also an alternative to the urban
sprawl. In this frame, the question of built heritage – and especially the
1960’s-1970’s buildings – open new opportunities of experimenting in the
spatial and social fields. The transformation of the Bois-Le-Prêtre
housing tower in Paris, by Lacaton & Vassal and Frédéric Druot
appears as an icon of this radical shift of (re)thinking modernity.
Besides, at a larger scale, french architects (Nouvel, Portzamparc,
Perrault, Ricciotti, Barani...) are working on new architectures that
create their own landscape, in the pursuit of transforming urban
territories that have been often left over. How to create specific places
but places for “living together”, that’s the aim.
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