◀︎  Beyond the walls

Grey Matter in Montpellier

Itinerancy at Halle Tropisme

Exhibition presented from June, 7 to 9, 2023

Third place of 10 000m2, inhabited by more than 200 entrepreneurs of the Cultural and Creative Industries and more than 60 artists, the Halle Tropisme welcomes the exhibition Grey Matter on the occasion of the professional meeting "Third Places for Europe". Round tables, workshops, conferences, learning visits in third places are scheduled... around 3 themes: reorganizing territorial production systems and relocalizing employment, better sharing the exercise of cultural rights, moving from citizenship to doing together.

Using “more grey matter” in order to use “less raw material” is one of the main concerns of this exhibition that calls in the collective intelligence to reconsider the material we use in our buildings.

75 projects prove the potential of reuse and the possible new lives that worn out materials from all areas of the construction industry can enjoy. In Brussels, second-hand bricks build today’s houses; in Massachusetts, freeway viaduct gantries give structure to a villa; in Saint-Denis, the cladding that has been turned down for a mall now covers the prestigious National Contemporary Academy of Circus Arts; in Madrid, yesterday’s tiles divide and transform an avant-garde cultural site; in Bali, hundreds of clerestory windows adorn a hotel; in Alabama, 72000 carpet slabs bear Lucy’s home; even the future headquarters of the European Council in Brussels attires itself in a frontage made of 3000 saved windows…

Re-use incredibly opens up the field of possibilities : prefabricated concrete, maritime piles, railway crossties, cable reels, plaster slabs meet daily waste to become foundation, siding materials, acoustical insulation, structure, frontage, etc. 


Exhibition created by the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, 2015
Scientific curators : Encore HeureuxJulien Choppin & Nicola Delon, architects
Graphic design : Camping Design 
Illustration : Bonnefrite

Pavillon de l'Arsenal travelling exhibitions

Pavillon de l'Arsenal exports the urban know-how of the city of Paris and of French and Parisian architects through the presentation of travelling exhibitions. These exhibitions provide an opportunity for professionals of different nationalities to meet and strengthen links with cities and similar organisations in France and abroad.