Anne Lacaton and Jean Philippe Vassal

September

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal in association with Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin | Before and after a transformation of modernist blocks | Cité du Grand Parc, Bordeaux, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault
Click for more images | Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal in association with Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin | Before and after a transformation of modernist blocks | Cité du Grand Parc, Bordeaux, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Current Work
Anne Lacaton and Jean Philippe Vassal
Lacaton & Vassal

Introduction by David Leven
Moderated by Rosalie Genevro

1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs

This lecture is co-hosted by The New School

Each year The Architectural League’s Current Work series features significant international figures who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment. Anne Lacaton and Jean Phillippe Vassal of Lacaton & Vassal will present their firm’s work in a public lecture.

Lacaton & Vassal is an international practice based in Paris that works on public buildings, housing, and urban planning. Their projects “are based on a principle of generosity and economy, serving the life, the uses and the appropriation, with the aim of changing the standard.” The firm received international recognition for its alternative approach to social housing, as articulated in PLUS, a 2004 study and manifesto developed in collaboration with architect Frédéric Druot. Its opening statement “never demolish, never remove or replace, always add, transform, and reuse!” came in response to an architectural competition to replace a 1960s high-rise apartment building on Paris’ outskirts. The study has become emblematic of a surging interest in refurbishing postwar high-rise and superblock housing. Lacaton & Vassal’s projects are based on the idea “that transformation would permit one to respond to needs in a more economic, more effective and more qualitative way.”

Lacaton & Vassal’s social housing projects include the transformation of the 96-apartment building Tour Bois le Prêtre in Paris completed in 2011 and of the 4,000-unit complex Cité du Grand Parc in Bordeaux completed in 2016. Other notable works include the contemporary art centers Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the FRAC in Dunkerque, France; Nantes School of Architecture; and the House Latapie in Bordeaux. Among the firm’s prestigious awards are the 2016 Living Places Award co-presented by SIMON and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation; the Life Achievement Award from the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale; and the 2016 Gold Medal from the Academy of Architecture in France.

Anne Lacaton graduated from the School of Architecture of Bordeaux in 1980 and received a diploma in Urban Planning from the same university in 1984. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Madrid, University of Florida, University of NY-Buffalo, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and Delft University of Technology, among other institutions.

Jean Philippe Vassal graduated from the School of Architecture of Bordeaux in 1980. From 1980 to 1985 he worked as an urban planner in Niger. He has taught at Technical University of Berlin, Peter Behrens School of Architecture in Düsseldorf, and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, among others. He is currently a professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

David Leven is a founding partner of LEVENBETTS.

Rosalie Genevro is the Executive Director of The Architectural League of New York.

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | Cité Manifest | Mulhouse, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | Cité Manifest | Mulhouse, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | School of Architecture | Nantes, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | School of Architecture | Nantes, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | 59 New Dwellings, Social Housing | Mulhouse, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | 59 New Dwellings, Social Housing | Mulhouse, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | Faculty of Economics, Management and Economic & Social Administration | Image Courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | Faculty of Economics, Management and Economic & Social Administration | Image Courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | Faculty of Economics, Management and Economic & Social Administration | Image Courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | Faculty of Economics, Management and Economic & Social Administration | Image Courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | 59 New Dwellings, Social Housing | Mulhouse, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | 59 New Dwellings, Social Housing | Mulhouse, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | 96 New Dwellings, Social Housing | Chalon-sur-Saone, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | 96 New Dwellings, Social Housing | Chalon-sur-Saone, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal in association with Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin | A transformation of modernist blocks | Cité du Grand Parc, Bordeaux, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal in association with Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin | A transformation of modernist blocks | Cité du Grand Parc, Bordeaux, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Click for Slideshow | Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | FRAC, Contemporary Art Center of the North Region | Dunkerque, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Click for Slideshow | Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | FRAC, Contemporary Art Center of the North Region | Dunkerque, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | FRAC, Contemporary Art Center of the North Region | Dunkerque, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | FRAC, Contemporary Art Center of the North Region | Dunkerque, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | FRAC, Contemporary Art Center of the North Region | Dunkerque, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal | FRAC, Contemporary Art Center of the North Region | Dunkerque, France | Image courtesy of Philippe Ruault

Time & Place
7:00 p.m. 
The Auditorium
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
The New School
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011
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Support
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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