◀︎  Exhibitions

[Ré]inventer l'existant

tomorrow's architects imagine our post-carbon future

exhibition presented from october 10 to 22, 2023
Opening Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 6:30 pm
& announcement of the three winning projects

As part of the French National Architecture Days, the Pavillon de l'Arsenal presents the 10 finalist projects in the "[Ré]inventer l'existant" competition, focusing on the transformation and adaptation of architectural and urban ensembles in the Paris region.

First edition of the competition

Under the direction of Marc Guillaume, Prefect of the Île-de-France region, Prefect of Paris, the Direction régionale des affaires culturelles d'Île-de-France (DRAC) and the Direction régionale et interdépartementale de l'environnement, de l'aménagement et des transports d'Île-de-France (DRIEAT) organized the 1st edition of the competition "[Re]inventing the existing. Designing a post-carbon future" for students at architecture schools in the Paris region.
In order to meet the challenges of ecological transition and reconcile energy-efficient renovation with the conservation of existing buildings, the DRIEAT and DRAC have imagined this competition for 2022, with the aim of promoting the approaches and creativity of architecture students, and bringing on board a community of players in the Paris region who are convinced of the need to innovate by acting on existing buildings.

Beyond the purely technical issue of improving energy performance, it's important to show how to live tomorrow in buildings that are adapted, pleasant, energy-efficient and comfortable. The potential of existing buildings and their architectural, heritage and urban qualities make them a resource to be preserved, as they reveal the identity of our towns and cities, to which residents are so attached.

A competition for architecture students

Conducted in partnership with the Conseil régional de l'Ordre des architectes d'Île-de-France, Ekopolis, the CAUE d'Île-de-France (conseils en architecture, urbanisme et environnement) and the ENSA ECO network of architecture school teachers committed to the ecological transition, the competition is aimed at teachers at architecture schools in the Paris region who are working with their students on renovation and ecological issues. 25 teams of young architects from five schools of architecture in the Paris region have entered the competition. After registration opened in early 2023, teachers submitted their students' best projects in July 2023.

Students were invited to develop projects as part of their teaching program, focusing on the transformation and adaptation of architectural or urban ensembles located in the Paris region. The competition criteria encouraged them to develop an integrated approach from diagnosis to architectural design, taking into account the thermal and energy challenges of sustainable transformation without overlooking the specific urban and landscape features of the sites, the intrinsic architectural and constructive qualities of the existing buildings, their uses and the preservation of resources.

A jury of professionals

Meeting on September 28, 2023 at the Hôtel de Noirmoutier (Paris 7) under the chairmanship of Emilie MARRE, Director of Project Management at Seine-Saint-Denis Habitat, the jury was made up of 25 leading figures from a number of complementary fields: public policy, education & research, design and implementation of the living environment, project management and user management. See the attached press kit for the jury's composition.
The jury selected three winners from the 10 finalists, who will be announced on October 10.

Contest organized by

under the direction of Marc Guillaume, Prefect of the Île-de-France region, Prefect of Paris


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