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Né en Bretagne (France) en 1954, Philippe Madec vit à Paris et Bruxelles. Formé à l'architecture au Grand-Palais à Paris (atelier Ciriani/Maroti) de 1972 à 1979, il crée son atelier à Paris en 1989.
In run-down and somewhat difficult surroundings, a radical plot clearing is proposed, eliminating a former glassware factory. The empty space is transformed into a square with two buildings facing each other, a health centre (CAP Progrés Raval) and a future municipal building. The square will be the link between both buildings and lines on the paving will portray the relationship between these two façades standing face to face. A frame of circles (parterres and benches) recalls the former use of the factory and is superimposed onto a frame of ceramic lines which harmonise the square with the building façade. By night the benches become large lamps which light up the space.
Patrick Bouchain is a French architect who designs situations as much as he designs buildings, taking on a number of other roles including that of developer, political advisor, site manager, fundraiser and performer.
Chora is the name of a research office founded in London by Raoul Bunschoten in 1993 and also of a parallel architectural office established in 1994. Combining research and practice, they have developed a methodology for working in complex urban and regional situations and have worked on projects across Europe and in the Far East. Their methodology is grounded in research, consisting of a four step process that comprises of: a database, prototypes, scenario games, and action plans.