Current Work: Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal, and Frédéric Druot

The French architects discuss their transformative social housing projects.

November 30, 2021

Recorded on November 10, 2021.

Current Work is a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

Over decades, the architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal have collaborated on design and research projects with their long-time friend Frédéric Druot. Together, they have redefined the possibilities of social housing, sustainability, and community agency.

In this video, Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal, and Frédéric Druot discuss projects including:

  • Cité du Grand Parc, the 2017 transformation of three fully occupied modernist social housing buildings in Bordeaux, adding gardens and balconies to each unit.
  • Tour Bois le Prêtre, the 2010 renovation and extension of a 1960s social housing tower, designed in collaboration with current residents.
  • PLUS Paris, a 2004 study of 1,648 sites in Paris with the potential to add 135,000 new housing units without demolition or resident relocation.

The lecture is followed by a conversation with Brian Loughlin, Director of Planning and Urban Design at Magnusson Architecture and Planning, Co-chair of the AIANY Housing Committee, APA Housing and Community Development Chair, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture and Real Estate Development at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

This lecture is the 2021 annual Ratensky Lecture, organized by the AIANY Housing Committee to honor individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions to the advancement of housing and community design.

This year’s lecture was co-sponsored by The Architectural League of New York, the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union, and with the support of Villa Albertine, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States.


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