Paris is in the process of inventing new forms of housing architecture. These collective buildings, some of which have already been delivered while others are still in the design phase, explore new urban situations and revisit traditional forms of habitat and construction. Some experiment with carbon-free construction techniques, while others envision how we will live tomorrow, questioning even the very notion of property.
The exhibition Building Better, Living Better presents these issues to the general public in the form of models, films, interviews, prototypes, perspectival drawings, and plans for some sixty different architectural projects classified according to the issues they raise. Where will we construct housing in Paris tomorrow? Whether in barracks, convents, garages, or offices, do the buildings of the future already exist today? Can we still invent new kinds of property? How can we build better so that we consume less? Can one provide more outdoor spaces such as terraces, balconies, or loggias, while remaining simple and even understated? Can apartments evolve alongside changes in our lifestyles? Do solidarity-minded programs presage the housing of the future? Whether as co-rentals, cohabitation, or coownership, what will apartments look like in a sharing economy?