Register: DEC/03/2018, Submit: DEC/03/2018, Eligibility: Young architects, landscape architects; teams up to 5 members, Fee: Free, Awards: 1,000 EUR subsidy for each of the 10 installations
On the occasion of the 14th Festival des Architectures Vives in Montpellier, France, the association Champ Libre sends a call for submissions in order to realize 10 interventions in Montpellier. The Festival is located in the heart of Montpellier; it will take place in the city center more specifically in the mansions’ courtyards, proposing a path to the visitors, kind of architectural discovery of the city center. The objectives of the FAV are on one hand, to open to inhabitants, during the Festival these symbolic places and on the other hand – thanks to creators teams intervention which will present a specific work to every place – to reveal an intimate relationship between contemporary architecture, installation and patrimonial site. The Festival des Architectures Vives wishes to answer to the evolution of architectural practice which by integrating all the domains related to its culture, does not hesitate anymore to assert itself through realizations. The “Lively Architectures” are short-lived and evolutionary by nature; each time localized, registered in a short temporality and thought for a specific place.
Like augmented reality, they add, transform, reveal a forgotten and invisible space or on the contrary too exposed. Respectful of their environment, they change it in an inhabited environment where the past, the present and even the future are one. The installations create an environment where the imagination of each and everyone is possible. Refusing the unchanging, during the Festival, the ephemeral installations question our everyday environment. Targeting a large audience, they offer a sensory adventure, an unconventional glance. They position themselves as a revelator. The “Lively Architectures are objects of desire, envy and simply wish to find the sense of the pleasure of the place, the city, to offer the sensitive and the tactile, to reposition the Man in the heart of the architecture.
For this 14th edition of the Festival des Architectures Vives in Montpellier, the chosen sites are in adequacy with its historical city. One of its treasures is the presence in the heart of the city of several mansions. Today, Montpellier counts more than seventy of them. Lots of these courtyards are not open to the visitors.
In their history the courtyards that are half private and half public, have had many purposes, from place of representation, distribution hall, but today it remains uninhabited. Lacking in function, they appear as ordinary spaces that are just crossed to reach a private apartment. Forgotten, because they are inaccessible, or forgotten because they are inappropriate, these courtyards disappear little by little from the common knowledge, even from the collective imagination. They become real forgotten spaces but they nevertheless maintain their own specificity, playing between shadow and light, offering a possibility to glorify these places with few things. Thus contemporary architecture will enjoy revealing and waking up sleepy sites.
Every year, the Festival is visited by a large public and in 2018 by not less than 18 000 people. Moreover, the Festival is committed to raising awareness in schools, the festival received in 2016, 75 kindergarten and primary classes that took part in this new program.
THEME – BEAUTY
Beauty is a vast subject from which different disciplines have taken hold be it philosophy, esthetics, history, sociology, psychology, art… In architecture, the Vitruvius’s triad defines the conditions of beauty through the control of pleasant and elegant forms and the correctness of the proportions. Then come the “beauty’s standards” inscribed in the decorum’s orders. Materials, shapes, purity of the lines, harmony and colors are thus mobilized. It is the conditions of its creation which are evoked.
But beauty transcends the only esthetic questions opening the field of the sensitive even of the inexplicable, getting a feeling of pleasure. Beauty is also an individual or collective experience which allows to connect the intellect to the sensitive.
Today how to define beauty when we are speaking about a space, about a place? Far from trying to answer this question, we would like to invite the visitors to share new spatial experiences opening the way to the discussions and exchanges. The beauty is positive, dynamic and explores a field of innovation by proposing the introduction of new practices in one already there. The beauty positions itself as being in capacity to transcend an existing place and build a common culture. The expected beauty will certainly be aesthetic and to has to understand the immutable codes of architecture by the control of material, light, colors, shapes, harmony and proportions, but it will also be experiential, relational, temporal, communicative… rediscovering the slow passing of time, and sharing in the heart of beauty.
Let us offer the experience of beauty!
It is a question of taking over the challenges of the contemporary city which has become a real laboratory and to imagine ephemeral installations able to explore this notion. True courtyards, and the private mansion yards in which the ephemeral installations take place provide a favorable environment for experimentation. Once again, the festival will aim to demonstrate that ephemeral architectures, by modifying the perception and the uses of the yards are able to wake up a dormant patrimony to reinstate it in its contemporaneity. This 14th edition of the Festival des Architectures Vives will offer installations under the sign of Beauty, open to citizens and demonstrators of innovation
The festival will take place from the 11th to the 16th of June 2019. The construction of every installation will take place from June the 5th to 10th by the team itself, and the disassembly June the 17th.
Specific constraints: Installations will take place in the courtyards of private mansion; they must take into account the specific conditions of occupation and not to harm the inhabitants or the built environment. The safety of visitors and locals, day and night must be ensured.