La réparation : Un architecte face à l'oubli (volume 1), L'architecture face aux nouvelles ruines (volume 2)

Paul Landauer 1
1 OCS - L'Observatoire de la condition suburbaine
UMR AUSser - Architecture Urbanisme Société : Savoir Enseignement Recherche
Abstract : Grounded in the field of architectural and cultural studies, this thesis for an “accreditation to supervise research” (HDR) begins with the account of a personal itinerary combining research, practice and teaching. A series of non-chronological texts invites the reader to share ideas and observations in which introspection meets narration, confession approaches perception and feeling competes with history. The text is not structured by a preconceived order, but relies on indications of the years that correspond to events underlying each idea and observation. It reveals a number of questions concerned with notions of the standard (how architecture relates to norms and ordinariness), of political commitment (what distinguishes the discourse of the architect from the discourse of the researcher), and of death (how architecture deals with loss and oblivion). This first volume is followed by an essay laying the foundations for research I would like to develop in the upcoming years. This research is based on two hypotheses. The first is historical: architects of industrial modernity did not simply advocate for a tabula rasa to make room for the new; their projects integrated, in a concrete way, the reasons and the technics of demolition. The associated (fire) power and (war) imagery began to lose their pertinence during the 1980’s, when deindustrialization led to the abandonment of an increasing number of buildings and territories resulting from this very attitude. The question « how do we create the void? » gave rise to the question : « what do we do with the void? ». The second hypothesis is prospective: the future of architecture will be determined by reasons, imaginations and modalities for re-using modernity’s remains. Our ecological transition will lead naturally to the recycling of existing buildings and sites, and will establish a corollary: the development of an architecture of stock, as opposed to the ethereal installations of flow that we continue to build and abandon. The growing interest of artists – and tourists – for abandoned heritage sites of the past century will encourage architects to enhance the imagination of ruins embodying, since the 16th century, our meditations on loss and the passage of time. Finally, the extent of abandoned territories will surpass all construction needs, leading architects to renounce their practice of an art of redemption, in favor of what I call an art of repair. This theme of repair gives its name to two volumes. The first is subtitled “An Architect Facing Oblivion”, and the second, “Architecture Facing The New Ruins”. The third volume contains a complete list of my research works and brings together fifteen texts from the development of an intellectual itinerary reaching from the present back to the time of my architectural studies.
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Paul Landauer. La réparation : Un architecte face à l'oubli (volume 1), L'architecture face aux nouvelles ruines (volume 2). Architecture, aménagement de l'espace. Université Paris-Est / Ecole d'architecture de la ville et des territoires Paris-Est, 2019. ⟨tel-02431992⟩

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