S3#75🇺🇸🇬🇧 "The wood that makes our cities", radioscopy
The emblematic agency Leclercq Associés, after issues #19 and #20 of Season 2, returns to Com d'Archi for a series of podcasts, with guests and themes of its choice. This week, we open the series with a fluoroscopy on the subject of "Wood that cities are made of"! This is the theme and the title of the book that the agency Leclercq Associés has just published at Park Books; an opportunity to look at the theme of the investigation conducted by Michèle Leloup journalist, with François Leclercq, Paul Laigle and Charles Gallet architects associates, during the production of this beautiful book. Cyrille Weiner, photographer and editorial director, as well as Jad Hussein for the graphic design are also mentioned.
The question of the context of the publication of the book, the role given to wood in general and also in particular in the manufacture of the French city today, indications on the way the sector works are all subjects to be found in this issue of Com d'Archi Podcast.
Because wood is an ideal building material for sustainable architecture. But how do we actually source it, and how do we ensure that our forestry practices and processing are updated for the future? How does the use of wood challenge traditional notions of expertise and qualification in architecture, engineering and construction? The field survey reported here provides an overview of the current urban policy-induced paradigm shift affecting both the construction sector and project designers.
A pioneer in high-level sports and educational architecture at the turn of the millennium, Leclercq Associés bases its investigation on the references presented in the book: five major wood construction projects deeply rooted in their environment: Lycée Jean-Baptiste Corot in Savigny-sur-Orge (2000-2009), the INSEP sports campus in Paris (2005-2014), Lycée Nelson Mandela on the Île de Nantes (2011-2014), the Arboretum eco-campus in Nanterre, and Sous Le Signe Du Bois, a residential complex in Vélizy-Villacoublay.
Esther reads this text. The book can be ordered from the Leclercq Associés website.
Image DR © Leclercq Associés
Sound engineering : Julien Rebours
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