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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Exposition Le Désir Du Neutre in Montreal, Canada by Éric Gauthier Architecte

 
February 3rd, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Éric Gauthier

The ‘désir du neutre’ is a ‘pathos’, Roland Barthes would have said, a dream of modern architecture that in today’s context expresses a critical position that is particularly contentious. The desire for neutrality sets itself up in direct opposition to the desires for distinction, for expression, to be symbolic, for a sense of identity or branding. It is a search for a state that suspends the tensions between architecture and its milieu and within the composition of architecture itself. But the desire for neutrality is not neutral. It conveys an ethical and aesthetic commitment which manifests itself not by failing to act or by retreating, but rather by creating strategies and figures that are simultaneously precise and strong.

Image Courtesy Steve Montpetit

  • Architects: Éric Gauthier
  • Project: Exposition Le Désir Du Neutre
  • Location: Montreal, QC Canada
  • Photography: Steve Montpetit

Image Courtesy Steve Montpetit

This exhibition takes the form of a triptych whose different sections look at how this desire for neutrality has made itself evident in the work of Éric Gauthier – in three different ways and three moments of reflection.

Biographical notes

Éric Gauthier graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1983 from Université Laval in Quebec City. A partner in the firm FABG since 1988, Éric Gauthier has from the very beginning of his practice distinguished himself as a designer of cultural projects. His work has received numerous prizes and awards both for sensibility to context and for the innovative nature of solutions to technical problems. A list of only some of the many significant projects for which he has been responsible – either as project architect or as designer for FABG – would include Théâtre de Quat’Sous (2009), Centre des Sciences de Montréal (2000), Espace Go (1995) and the Biosphere (1993).

Image Courtesy Steve Montpetit

This exhibition is presented from January 26 to March 11, 2012 by the Faculté de l’aménagement de lUniversité de Montréal. It has been produced by the École d’architecture and by L.e.a.p. (Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle), with the collaboration of the architect and curated by Denis Bilodeau, Professor in the École d’architecture at Université de Montréal and L.e.a.p. researcher. The vernissage will be held Wednesday, February 1st at 5:30 pm.

Image Courtesy Steve Montpetit

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