- The winners of the X Festival des Architectures Vives in Montpellier
The Festival des Architectures Vives invites visitors to come into direct contact with the city of Montpellier's rich architectural heritage by adding a range of installations for the general public.
An interesting way to explore Montpellier, the city hosting the festival for ten years, and the tourist spot on the gulf of Lyons, La Grande Motte, which has been part of the festival since 2013. The real stars are the installations created specifically by young designers, who were this year invited to work with the theme “La Dixième” in honour of the event's tenth edition, with more than 15,000 visitors.
These ephemeral constructions explore the various fields of contemporary architecture, and were dotted all over Montpellier and La Grande Motte, showcasing a wide range of places.
The works were then assessed by a jury of professionals and by the general public in both locations. In Montpellier, the jury's award went to Margaux Rodot, Mickaël Martin and Benoît Tastet for their installation titled “Un dixiéme printemps”, while Claire Dusonchet and Julien Plessis won the public award for “Goldfish”and a special mention went to the team from Syracuse University for their project “Trans(Inter)ference”.
In La Grande Motte, TOMA - Antonio Nardozzi & Maria Dolores from Sol Ontalba won over both the jury and the general public with “The Porthole”, and the special mention went to “Embruns Installation” created by Arnaud Malthieu, Amandine Romanet & Matthieu Thuillier.
Festival des Architectures Vives http://festivaldesarchitecturesvives.com/
Year: June 2015
Location: Montpellier – La Grande Motte, France
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