"Urban memories, Paris XXI century" collection
Under the direction of
. SORMAN JOY, écrivain
. LAPIERRE ERIC, architecte

«Urban memories» collection
How has Paris evolved since the beginning of this century? In the face of today’s environmental concerns which have brought about radical changes in our building practices and purposes, how should we treat our architectural heritage? The object of this collection is to rediscover Paris, review this recent history and compare it to today and to highlight its recent developments as well as to take a look at Parisians within the context of today’s city. The works of the “Urban Memories” collection incorporate a writer and an architect who take a critical view the key events of a given community or district human and urban history.

Uninhabitable qualifies any housing which is substandard. Ten years ago, several hundred buildings in Paris were classified as uninhabitable. Today, there are practically no buildings left which are substandard.
The writerr Joy Sorman gives an eye witness account of his visit to these uninhabitable buildings, of the people who live there and how. Through his accounts including the location of such housing, she describes a reality which is sometimes difficult to believe exists. The architect and urban designer, Eric Lapierre, restages the history of these buildings, their usages and sanitation programmes.
This first edition has been created in partnership with SIEMP, an organisation which was mandated by the City of Paris in 2001 to reduce substandard housing, a project which affects 434 buildings, amounting to approximately 10,000 housing units.

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12 x 18 cm - 160 pages
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