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FAIRE is the first accelerator for innovative urban design and architecture projects. FAIRE boosts urban projects and innovative architecture which ask, explore, disrupt the design and fabrication process of the city.
Intended for emerging and experienced architects who are involved in research, as well as for architecture students, the purpose of FAIRE is to be a driver for flourishing experimental architectural and urban practices.
FAIRE is lunched by the Pavillon de l'Arsenal and the City of Paris, with the support of the Ile-de-France Architects’ Association, the French ENSA architecture schools, industrial or real-estate figures and new economy players.
FAIRE supports and promotes the execution of full-scale prototypes within the framework of the Grand Paris project, assists and promotes applied research, promotes the use of new techniques, materials and building programs, and helps the execution of experimental constructions.
March 14, 2017

Thank you !

First session FAIRE is closed

Thank you to all the architects and multidisciplinary teams who participate and send a project ! 

March 9, 2017

Some questions about FAIRE ?

Discover the answers to yours questions

Why FAIRE ? Who can apply ? What kind of support ? What should i send in ? When is the deadline ? What kind of projects ? Our answers to your questions are online !

January 26, 2017


FAIRE platform opening

The Pavillon de l'Arsenal launch with the City of Paris FAIRE, Factory of Architecture Innovation, Research and Experimentation.

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FAIRE in question

Why FAIRE? Who can apply? What kind of support? What should I send in? When is the deadline? What kind of projects?
Find our answers to your questions !+


Is it possible to apply to FAIRE with an existing interdisciplinary team (including IT skills, etc.)?
YES, of course! Interdisciplinary teams are welcome! FAIRE Believes that diversifying approaches and connecting skills fosters innovation.

Can we present the project together, as a team of 8 = 5 students + 3 teachers?
Student/teacher teams from architecture schools can present projects; so can a class, a laboratory or an entire school section :-)

Can the same architect represent several project proposals, on different sites, with different teams?
YES, FAIRE does not set limits... not on the number of projects presented, or the sites where they may take place, or the teams represented by any single architect.

I am a trained interior designer and I cofounded a design and interior design agency, as well as a research group. With my training and experience, can I apply, or do you have to have an architecture degree?
Sorry, FAIRE is only for architects (DPLG, DESA, DE, HMONP) and students of architecture schools.


Can you give me some details on the amount of funding possible?
FAIRE funds or helps find all or part of the funding necessary to develop the innovative projects and programs that are selected, no matter what their scale. The amount of financial support is therefore specific to each project, depending on what the teams need to carry out their studies and bring them to fruition.

What is the maximum amount that can be allocated to research projects?
FAIRE’s goal is to fund the preparatory studies and execution of projects. But because we don’t always get what we want… It is a good idea to define two budgets. One that covers the requirements to carry out a study based on an estimated schedule; and another, that estimates the execution phase, no matter what the form (prototype, demo…).

Does FAIRE host the structures of the projects that are selected?
FAIRE is not an incubator and cannot offer residencies; it is a project accelerator.


Can you give us some details on what should be sent in, and on what is expected from a candidate?
Applications can be made exclusively through the online form, found on the following site: faireparis.com. For this first session, the project application deadline is March 13, 2017 at 23:59.

The form will ask you for the following information: • First: last name / first name / email / status / whether you are a member of the Architects’ Association (not mandatory) • Second: title of your project + statement of intent (maximum 3000 characters). In addition, to help us asses your project, you can attach an A4 PDF file (10 pages and five Mo maximum) describing the members of the team, your estimated schedule for the preliminary study phase and the execution phase, the budget and funding necessary for both phases, as well as graphic elements for anything else that could help us to understand your project.

Do we have to send in a complete file on our team’s subject (as is stipulated for a prototype file: PDF 10 pages), or is a statement of intent good enough?
The minimum requirement is a statement of intent, but adding a presentation file could facilitate comprehension of all types of projects.

Should it be a detailed statement of intent or do you expect graphic documents representing a “finished” product?
Graphic renderings of a finished project are not expected since FAIRE it helps you fund the time necessary for your study, as well.

I would like to know the requirements for the rendering (format: A4, A3, drawings?)
A 10-page maximum A4 PDF file, 5 Mo maximum

Does the maximum of 3000 characters include spaces or not?
A statement of intent can include 3000 characters without spaces, but we are not going to haggle over a couple of characters :-)

What do you mean by a fee and team schedule? Is it for the project management team? (economist, architect, etc...) What if the partners are companies, then how do we present it? Do you have a template schedule that we could use?
Base your presentation on your own logic and structure; there is no template form or typical economic analysis schedule to be used.

Is it possible to present more graphic documents to give a better understanding of our project?
You can present whatever you want to, as long as it is within the limit of 10 A4 pages and 5Mo maximum.


Is the deadline on March 12 or 13 mars at 23:59?
The deadline for submitting your project is Monday, March 13 at 23:59.


What kinds of projects you expect?
FAIRE was designed to support, fund and/or find funding for and enhance urban and architectural projects, of all types and scales, selected for their vision, their values and the solutions that they propose in response to the major challenges that we can expect in the future (climate change, urban resilience, developments in lifestyles, economy of sharing, technological changes…). The proposal should simply explain how the project participates in these developments.

How advanced should the projects be? The subject that we are working on is only at the beginning stages of intention, and we would like to benefit from this “residency”, in partnership with your structure, to develop it and bring it to maturity.
That is exactly the FAIRE DNA! Supporting, helping, accompanying architects in the development of a project, bringing an idea to concrete execution, experimenting with research…

Are there any specific deliverables expected as part of a research project (publications…)?
FAIRE would like to share studies and innovation with as many people as possible. The project should include one or more presentations, demonstrations, construction or publication…, to be defined with the team.

Can you tell us whether there is a limit to the number of projects presented?
No, FAIRE imposes no limits... neither on the number of projects proposed, nor the sites where they may take place, nor the teams represented by a particular architect.

Does the project have to be designed for a specific site? Or can the concept be adapted to different contexts?
Certain projects can be site-specific, others can be more generic, but all of them should represent potential for metropolitan Paris

What are the terms of confidentiality and nondisclosure for the proposals that are not selected?
The proposals that are not selected by the jury remain confidential. They will not be communicated without written authorization from the project owner. The members of the jury make a commitment to respect the confidentiality of the projects and deliberations.

Are European agencies eligible to participate? (if they are not located in France?)
Yes, European teams can submit projects as part of the FAIRE call for projects.

When will the results be published?
FAIRE is innovating, adapting and evolving, too! Depending on the number of candidates we receive, the results will be announced as soon as possible.
Your project ?
Participate to this first session and send us your project before March 13, 2017!
A jury made up of members of the team and FAIRE partners will assesse the projects and chooses the best ones for further presentation.

Use this form to tell us who you are, then on the next page, present your project concisely. And, to give us more details, attach a PDF that introduces your team and your project!
Surprise us !
Whether for research, pop-up architectures, unique programs, experimentation, or new building techniques, present your project (3,000 characters maximum). 

Send us additional information, you can attach a PDF with a more detailed presentation (PDF file, A4 format, 10 pages max, 5MB max) with a more comprehensive description of the project, presentation of the team member(s), projected timeline, estimated budget, illustrations, and potential partners.

Thank you !
You will receive a confirmation email and we will get in touch with you again very soon.

FAIRE team
Member of the French Architects' Association
Enclosed file .pdf 5Mo max

Your project ?

Do you want to test an innovation? Find new ways of building? Develop a research project? Invent new programs? Come and join FAIRE!

Send us your projects before march 13, 2017


FAIRE supports the development of full-scale, experimental, ephemeral architecture projects in the greater Paris area. These pop-up architectures explore design processes, new usages, and urban, construction, environmental, technological and social innovations.+


Developing pop-up architectures

FAIRE is the contracting authority for the prototypes. It also provides support to designers throughout the creation, construction and dismantling phases.

(Illustration) Circular pavilion, temporary construction made with recycled materials for the COP21, October 2015, in front of the Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4, Encore Heureux, architects, Pavillon de l’Arsenal, contracting authority

Fostering innovation

FAIRE experiments with temporary constructions in all types of public or private spaces in Paris – public squares, streets, parks, gardens, roofs, construction sites – that interact with everyone and incite their curiosity.

(Illustration) Inflatable pavilion, temporary exhibit space, October 2014, Paris Batignolles, Paris 17th arr., Hans-Walter Muller, architect, Pavillon de l’Arsenal and Paris Batignolles Aménagment, contracting authorities

Experimenting on site

FAIRE selects and and provides support to original architecture projects that contain many forms of urban, construction, environmental, technological and social innovation, and that reinvent design techniques, usages, and practices through these pop-up architectures.

(Illustration) Temporary playground, making sports an urban phenomenon, May 2014, Paris 4th arr., NP2F, architects, Pavillon de l’Arsenal, contracting authority


Promoting experimentation

FAIRE uses the Grand Paris project as a focal point for research and experimentation for architecture students.

FAIRE selects and supports the most ambitious project proposals submitted by architecture students.

FAIRE promotes all of the projects selected within the framework of the program, through real and virtual exhibits, communications and publications.


FAIRE offers a full program of experimentation, workshops, hackathons and competitions reserved to architecture students.+


Fostering applied research

FAIRE supports studies carried out by teams of architects, whether recent graduates or seasoned professionals, who are developing innovative approaches to architecture and urban planning.

FAIRE fosters the conducting of research, analysis and experimentation that provides new, concrete perspectives on developing the cities of tomorrow. 


FAIRE fosters the conducting of applied research projects that examine innovative architectural and urban approaches and which develop strategies for tactical urban planning.+


FAIRE provides support to experiments in construction that question traditional construction techniques through innovative programming and usages, new construction systems, and alternative modes of production and design.+


Exploring innovative systems

FAIRE is a program that “challenges” current construction techniques.
FAIRE also explores new construction systems and modes of production such as reuse, zero waste construction, organic materials, BIM, and combinations of materials.

FAIRE provides support to design teams, helping professionals assess the feasibility of their projects.


FAIRE is a platform for sharing, communication, and exchange among city actors.+



February 15, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal
How about we get together? Do you have questions before you submit your project? Would you like to to meet other actors and project leaders? Then come and join us at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal for our first APEROFAIRE!

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