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One hundred years of unique and passionate evolution are contained within the space of modern student accommodation. From the humblest of abodes, to accessibility for all, from campus to shared accommodation, from cells to prefab housing, from a single room to housesharing, student housing is an architectural hybrid which has been at the crossroads of culture, technique and sociopolitical as well as educational ambition since its birth at the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibition “18m2, Student Housing, Projects of the Future” analyses the major French and international players in this architectural niche and presents the results fo the ID Campus competition initiated by Bouygues Immobilier and Constructions et Développements Urbains (CDU) with the communes of Aubervilliers, Cergy, Les Mureaux and Palaiseau.
The winning projects of the competition will be revealed during the exhibition and will result in the construction of more than 1,000 hosuing units. The ID Campus competition is the first attempt to unify conception, innovation, constuction and regional strategy. The exhibition and its catalogue present the work of the winners as well as all of the15 agencies who were called to submit their projects. The diversity of solutions and sites selected provide the groundworks for new thought processes on urban context, the comfort of usages and accessibility, the form shared housing can take on, modular construction, durability and the integration of new technology into student life.
Using models and interviews with architects, plans, bisections and perspectives, the exhibition examines these submissions and compares them to gain an understanding of the stakes, both problematic and possibilities of student housing of the future.