La Culture architecturale des Français

La Culture architecturale des Français

With Fanny Gerbeaud, Roberta Ghelli, Patrice Godier, Caroline Mazel, Antoine Veretout
French architectural culture

Who has not heard of Jean Nouvel, Le Corbusier or Antoni Gaudi? Who doesn't know the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao or the Pompidou Centre in Paris, with its industrial architecture that created such a stir in the early 70s? Although a few famous architects and buildings have acquired international renown, French people remain largely unfamiliar with architecture.

Primarily considered an intellectual area for artistic expression, architecture is also a victim of this overly simplistic image, essentially shaped by the rare traditional references learnt at school. However, the specificity of architecture is that it must be constantly experienced everywhere in the environment. The increasingly frequent consultation of residents on new urban projects, the growing sensitivity to energy-saving issues, and the actions of mediators in architecture, are all progressively changing French people’s relationship with architecture and architects.

In the tradition of the sociology of representation, this book presents the results of a vast investigation into the knowledge that different publics (candidates and graduates at public architecture schools, professional architects, mediators, and the broader public) have of this discipline and profession, which draw on the relationship citizens have with the built environment in which they live.