Upwards of 70% of multi-family residential buildings in Paris are organized as condominiums, two-hundred of which have more than 200 units. This study investigates the potential for change of these large residential com-plexes through prospective and participatory analyses of three typical condominiums, conducted with the partici-pation of their residents.
The transformation of private, co-owned properties (which represent 75% of all buildings in Paris) represents an immense opportunity for creating and developing a shared, sustainable city.
Our study focuses specifically on the large, private residences built in the postwar era. These buildings possess qualities that merit a reappraisal in light of the contemporary challenges facing the development of cities today: high density, high-quality, extensive outdoor spaces, and a repetitive, essential structure.
Our study envisions the transformation of these buildings as a relevant means of addressing the need to share ground, resources, and usages.
We propose renewing a prospective study of these residences to illustrate and communicate their evolutionary potential. For example, how can the rooftops of these buildings be used? How can we reimagine participative governance and create new services? How can we develop new modes of habitation? This represents the starting point for the inquiry that Shared Buildings will conduct.
Belval & Parquet Architectes, Charlotte Belval and Pierre Parquet
Belval & Parquet Architectes was founded in 2017 by Charlotte Belval (1989) and Pierre Parquet (1988). It is involved in architecture, urban planning, and research, as the studio evaluates the conditions for the making of urban landscapes, informing its practice, and develops projects serving the common good. A recipient of several awards, the studio has developed an expertise across different scales, from erecting multifunctional buildings in dense urban areas to transforming twentieth-century built heritage structures.
Le Lab, Cheuvreux
The ambition of Le Lab, Cheuvreux is to foster research designed to face current and emerging challenges, and to build a collective intelligence that supports the strategies of its clients. The Lab opens a field of legal possibilities and helps structure its ambitions. Influencing new practices, Le Lab works with the in-house teams at Cheuvreux as well as its external clients.