At a time when Paris is preparing to welcome the world, how can we give meaning and aesthetics to the transitory? What are the differences between temporary and provisional development, between prefiguration and experimentation? As part of Paris Design Week and France Design Week, a conference organised at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal provided an opportunity to explore and question the aesthetics of the city in transformation. This professional morning, which brought together Jean-Louis Frechin, Régine Charvet-Pello, Isabelle Daëron, Francois Decoster, Emmanuel Grégoire, Patrick Jouin and Caroline Naphegyi, was organised to mark the publication of the study, which is now available for download.
SEPTEMBER 2022 : Conference on the occasion of the publication of the study What aesthetic for the city in transformation?
Conference Wednesday September 14, 2022 at 9:30 am at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal
"To live, the city is in perpetual evolution and transformation. Today more than ever, with the evolution of lifestyles, urban practices and mobility, but also with the new challenges related to climate issues, the city must adapt. The time in between is more frequent, more visible, but also more restrictive and less understandable for those who live in or visit the city.
At a time when Paris is preparing to welcome the world, how can we give meaning and aesthetics to the transitory? What are the differences between temporary and provisional development, between prefiguration and experimentation? How can we design the aesthetics of each of these times according to the specific needs they induce? What tools can be used to anticipate and move from disorder to harmony, from wild and spontaneous individual initiative to common vocabulary?
This is the challenge of this meeting, organized on the occasion of the publication of the study conducted under the direction of Nodesign, which for the first time draws up an international report on the design of the city in transformation, and proposes an analysis and avenues for improvement to accompany the city in the making and move from a time of suffering to a time of acceptance."
Régine Charvet-Pello, Designer, RCP
Isabelle Daëron, Designer
Francois Decoster, Architect-urbanist, L'AUC
Emmanuel Grégoire, First Deputy Mayor of Paris, in charge of urban planning, architecture and Greater Paris
Patrick Jouin, Designer
Caroline Naphegyi, Founder of Design for Change
morning session moderated by
Jean-Louis Frechin, Designer, Nodesign
“A debate is arising regarding the aesthetics of Paris. Indeed, the contemporary city is traversed by many situations of transformations, construction works, new uses, deep sociological change, and this is now occurring incessantly.
The completed city and the city in motion coexist, in confrontation with each other. These numerous transformations are a major source of irritations, degradations, incivilities and various incidents which are, whether we like it or not, constituents of the aesthetics of the city as much as the facades and urban furniture of the homogeneous Haussmannian ideal. How can the change that is taking place in the overall identity of the city then be taken into account? How can these changes shaped and integrated rather than being passively experienced?
NoDesign proposes treating the aesthetic dimension of transitions, the temporary, unwanted situations, their forms and their didactics. Temporary objects must also contribute to the aesthetics of Paris, to its identity, its understanding and its legibility.
To successfully complete this project, we will need to identify all the typologies of ephemeral objects, to collect the knowledge of stakeholders as well as good practices from around the world. At the end of this first stage, we will define a system of pieces of street furniture, tactical equipment and signage.
Finally, a number of solutions will be chosen for prototyping based on the results of the analysis phase. Rather than offering completed projects, these proposals will mostly serve to trigger reflections and as physical specifications. The aim is to bring the question of the city in transformation to the forefront, to draw out the proper responses that have to be given, as well as to highlight the concepts of tactical furniture and equipment and identity.”
Publication de l'étude, septembre 2022
QUELLE ESTHÉTIQUE POUR LA VILLE EN TRANSFORMATION?
Editions du Pavillon de l'Arsenal, September 2022
30 € / 17,5 x 25 cm / 240 pages
In French only
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