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The impending depletion of raw materials, first and foremost of sand, an essential component of concrete, has compelled us to rethink much of how we construct contemporary housing in the Ile-de-France. In view of the search for more economical, innovative materials and more virtuous, imported technologies, the exhibition and research project “Stone” considers Paris’ primary raw material: its chalky ground and history of limestone.
Several pioneering architects, builders, and developers in the Ile-de-France have reintegrated stone in their construction processes. Their recently completed projects explore yesterday’s potential and create a language for tomorrow. They mix materials and techniques to reinvent our modes of habitation. Others have increasingly begun to envision a vernacular architecture of the near future that is taller, more open, and more generous. The inventiveness of their constructions does not fully supplant the use of corrupted materials, but it does generate a comprehensive industry of available bio-sourced materials for building the Metropolis.
Stone is a symbol of ownership and perpetuity. The exhibition "Stone: the revelation of a resource and the exploration of a material", curated by the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in conjunction with the architecture firm of Barrault Pressacco, intends to demonstrate the virtuous nature of stone in support of the goal of sustainably building 70,000 housing units per year for Grand Paris.