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.
Festival des Architectures Vives – FAV 2014 à Montpellier in Montpellier, France by Festival des Architectures Vives
August 1st, 2014 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Festival des Architectures Vives
The Festival des Architectures Vives aims to raise public awareness of the wide range of architecture. It seeks not only to highlight the work of a young generation of architects, landscape architects and urban planners but also to make discover unexpected urban areas.
Through two urban courses, one in the historical heart of Montpellier’s town and a second in La Grande Motte, the public can discover works of contemporary architecture in unique sites and sometimes unknown from people. In Montpellier, courtyards of private hostels, usually closed to the public, open their doors during the festival. In 2014, the Festival des Architectures Vives invested 12 courtyards in total with 11 installations + 1 pavilions.
Many works allow interaction with visitors. All of them take possession of the sites during the festival only. Leaving no physical trace, the festival seeks to make an impression, to initiate a global reflection on architecture and its development in existing urban context and finally, to create a dialogue between contemporary works and heritage. Mediators are present on each site. These mediators are students at the School of Architecture of Montpellier and they endeavour to strengthen appreciation of the works of the visitors. The event is free, this reflects the desire of opening architecture to the greatest number.
FAV is organized by Elodie Nourrigat and Jacques Brion, architects in Montpellier.
Festival des Architectures Vives 2014 in Montpellier presentation
Smell of thyme, taste of fresh fruits, flamenco music, path through soft curtains… In june 2014 took place the 9th edition of the Festival des Architectures Vives on unique urban territories. In Montpellier from the 11th to the 15th of June 2014, on theme of Sensuality visitors had the joy of touching, smelling, tasting and above all they had much of pleasure strolling in the town.
The Public price rewarded “Cache-cache”, the work of Johana Boktor, Marie Béniguel and Frédéric Madre, the Jury price was given to the MoonWalkLocal team for “Savon[s]” and a Special Mention was granted to Alban Guého and its work “Medusa”.
One week after the FAV 2014 in Montpellier took place the second edition of FAV in La Grande Motte.
Teams of FAV 2014 in Montpellier
Teams who create the ephemeral works are selected after a call for submissions launched in september. They come from France and from abroad countries. Regarding the Pavilions’ architects, they are exercising in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, where takes place the festival. Finally, every year, a university is invited; in 2014 the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) came from Barcelone.
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