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« Communities at work », by Christophe Hutin, at the French Pavilion of the 2021 International Biennale of Architecture in Venice

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From 22 May 2021, the French Pavilion, at the 17th International Biennale of Architecture in Venice, presents the project Communities at Work, by Christophe Hutin. 

Tour of the pavilion and discovery of the project in 10 pictures, with the explanations of Christophe Hutin’s note.

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« The “Communities at Work” project aims to reflect on the meeting between architectural know-how and the inhabitants’ own experiences of their living spaces. »

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“The exhibition presents a journey of the spirit through architecture, by means of five specific case studies on different continents: in Europe, Asia, America and Africa.”

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“The different approaches do not follow a formal, theoretical schema designed by an architect, choosing instead to bear witness to the slow and multiple transformations of living spaces by their inhabitants.”

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“Through their actions, the communities at work appropriate their environments, thereby creating common spaces where the management of their living spaces is open to debate.”

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“We present documentaries on communities at work in the transformation of their daily environments, in France, but also throughout the world: in Johannesburg, Bordeaux, Detroit, Mérignac, Hanoi...”

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“Through a kind of mirror-image, analogous situations inform us about the phenomena at work, by means of their deviation from the norms and standardisations of the world. How do they live together, and which spatial contracts do they imply?”

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“The lessons drawn from these different case studies should help us to develop a critical point of view on the ways in which we live together.”

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“The scenography of the exhibition provides an immersive experience, made up of images in motion, whose immaterial dimension transcends the neo-classical architecture of
the French Pavilion.”

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“Visually and aurally immersed, spectators visit the different case studies that make up the exhibition.”

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“This exhibition is a journey of the spirit through architecture: to Johannesburg, Bordeaux, Detroit, Hanoi. Thanks to this decentring, it becomes a matter of summoning the world, receiving the information and knowledge that it holds, and understanding its constant mutations.”

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