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Exterior photograph of GRP - Bordeaux Cite du Grand Parc after its transformation which provides more space for residents and access to the community
After the transformation of GRP - Bordeaux Cite du Grand Parc. Photo: Philippe Ruault.
Wednesday, 11/10, 7pm - 9pm
Location
The Great Hall at Cooper Union and Zoom
Price
In-Person Ticket - General Public: Free
Zoom Ticket - General Public: Free

The annual Ratensky Lecture was initiated by the AIANY Housing Committee in honor of Samuel Ratensky (1910-1972), an architect and NYC housing official who was responsible for major housing initiatives in the city from 1946 to 1972, and who served as a mentor to many architects who worked in his programs. The lecture series honors individuals who, like Samuel Ratensky, have made significant lifetime contribution to the advancement of housing and community design.

This year, the AIANY Housing Committee will honor 2021 Pritzker Prize laureates Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, as well as Frédéric Druot, who will discuss their transformative “never demolish” approach to social housing, instead focusing on designing from within to maximize space and prioritize the needs of residents. 

Since the late 1980s, the offices of Lacaton & Vassal and Frédéric Druot Architecture have redefined the possibilities of social housing, sustainability, and community agency. Simultaneously sparing and transformative, its work adapts existing structures to meet the needs of contemporary urban communities. As Lacaton and Vassal’s Pritzker Prize biography notes, they have “vowed to never demolish what could be redeemed and instead, make sustainable what already exists, thereby extending through addition, respecting the luxury of simplicity.”

Recent projects include:

  • Cité du Grand Parc, the transformation of three fully occupied modernist social housing buildings in Bordeaux, adding gardens and balconies to each unit.
  • Tour Bois le Prêtre, the renovation and extension of a 1960s social housing tower, designed in collaboration with current residents.
  • PLUS Paris, a study of 1,648 sites in Paris with the potential to add 135,000 new housing units without demolition or resident relocation.

This lecture is organized in partnership with the Architectural League of New York’s “Current Work” Series and with Cooper Union.

Speakers:

Frédéric Druot, Principal, Frederic Druot Architecture
Anne Lacaton, Principal, Lacaton & Vassal 
Jean-Philippe Vassal, Principal, Lacaton & Vassal 

About the Speakers:

Frédéric Druot graduated in 1984 from the Ecole Nationale Superiéure d’Architecture de Bordeaux. In 1987, he founded the architectural agency Epinard Bleu, which received the Album de la Jeune Architecture in 1990. The next year, he founded his own firm, Frédéric Druot Architecture, in Paris.

Anne Lacaton graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superiéure d’Architecture de Bordeaux in 1980 and received a diploma in urban planning from the University of Bordeaux in 1984. She is a professor of architecture and design at ETH Zurich and has taught at EPFL Lausanne, Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Delft University of Technology, Polytechnic University of Madrid, and University at Buffalo.

Jean Philippe Vassal graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superiéure d’Architecture de Bordeaux in 1980 and worked as an urban planner in Niger from 1980 to 1985. He is an associate professor at Universität der Künste Berlin and has taught at Technische Universität Berlin, Hochschule Düsseldorf, EPFL Lausanne, École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles, and École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Bordeaux.

*This event is offered in person and virtually; proof of vaccination (for those eligible) and masking are required in order to attend in person.*

 

 
Organized by
AIANY Housing Committee; Architectural League of New York; Cooper Union
Exterior photograph of GRP - Bordeaux Cite du Grand Parc after its transformation which provides more space for residents and access to the community
After the transformation of GRP - Bordeaux Cite du Grand Parc. Photo: Philippe Ruault.
Wednesday, 11/10, 7pm - 9pm
Location
The Great Hall at Cooper Union and Zoom
Price
In-Person Ticket - General Public: Free
Zoom Ticket - General Public: Free
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