Mr President,Dear Jean Nouvel,Mr President of the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, cherFrançois de Mazières,Mr Director General of Heritage, Mr Philippe Bélaval,Mr Director in charge of Architecture, Dear Jean Gautier, General Delegate for the Fight against Deforestation and Esertification, Dear Bastien Sachet,Ladies and Gentlemen, Directors of National Architecture Colleges,Ladies and Gentlemen,Dear Friends,
By soliciting me for this partnership with the national colleges
of architecture, you offer me, Mr President, a great opportunity to
to put economic and social balance issues at the heart of the
concerns of the Ministry of Culture. It is indeed on these issues that
plays, for the most part, the responsibility of our architects today and
The Fondation Chirac undertakes actions that now constitute a
reference for the conduct of public
development of our common resources. Together with
of the many necessary regulations from the Grenelle de
the environment, a concern for man in his cultural milieu that I cannot
It is certainly essential to lay down new rules for the use of our
energy, our modes of transport, our consumption, our
often expensive ways to use our resources. My Department,
like others, is working on it – starting with awareness
energy savings, selective sorting and
the use of consumables, paper in the first place.
Sustainable development is indeed a major theme of the missions
Heritage, Architecture, Cultural Diversity, Access to
knowledge and information have been identified as
National Sustainable Development Strategy 2010-2013.
They require an evolution of our model of society towards an economy
green and equitable, both low in natural resources and low in carbon, but
able to integrate human and social dimensions.
As such, I have hoped that my Department will develop a real
sustainable development. For several months, my administration, the DRAC
and public institutions are mobilized to draw the major
guidelines. I want to debate them with all our parties
stakeholders: local authorities, associations, institutions and industries
cultural, professional organisations, private actors active in support of
sustainable development. To this end, I will welcome them on September 30
next, alongside Chantal Jouanno, at the Ecole d'architecture de Paris-
Belleville, for a large forum "Culture and sustainable development", to which
you are warmly invited.
More than that, I especially want to include my action in a
citizens who do not deny man his comfort or his hopes of improvement
its habitat and lifestyles.
This, to me, is at the heart of the complex debates on
our development is above all the quality of life of everyone, both in
its private space as in its cultural and social exchanges and its conditions
Basically, and I say this without angelism, all that development entails
durable - which is sometimes said to be an easy incantation - fits in a
responsibility: that of attention to the other. The other is the one who
the one who builds, the one who lives, the one who contributes to these exchanges.
By affirming the need for this concern for the other, the partnership
between the Fondation Chirac and the Ministry of Culture and
Communication touches on one of the foundations of the teaching of
architecture and activity of architects. This wise partnership meets
the more relevant the situation, the easier it is
recent development of the use of wood in the production of
The use of this material, which is readily sought exotic, implies a
public awareness of its operating conditions.
It is certainly not a question of introducing a directive on wood as
unique resource for architects of our 21st century. Our modernity
depends on the anticipation of possibilities in the combination of
materials, audacity in their plural use.
On the other hand, it is a question of allowing the architects who prescribe this
to measure the conditions of production, and to encourage
use of certified wood, operated according to rules respectful of
sustainable renewal of forests and respect for women and men
who work there.
Engage the 20 National Architecture Colleges under the
In this context, trusteeship of my ministry is obvious.
Your schools are indeed at the heart of the evolution of our ways of living
The National Higher Schools of Architecture are the venue for the acquisition of
technical knowledge. They also give you the means to acquire this
Essential knowledge that adapts programs to individual uses.
Their quality and ability to evolve are based on broad competencies
multi-disciplinary that require a human purpose.
Your teachers, whose architects form a majority, have
thus mobilized to integrate under the impetus of the general management of
heritage, new requirements of our century and the conditions
the existence of our fellow citizens. The goal is to transmit knowledge to you
the use, handicap, and use of materials according to their
specificity, the different construction scales that make the city.
Your schools will, I am sure, be attentive to the demands that the
Fondation Chirac offers them, and calls for a better take of
students' awareness of the issue of certified wood.
Mobilized by my care before summer, the 20 national colleges
architecture will not be content to host awareness materials
that you are proposing to us. They will endeavour to include them in their pedagogy
and their research, building on the specialized teachings that are
given and some of which are dedicated to wood.
This is not a new knowledge, which would be added to all those who
are the architect’s own culture. It is rather a purpose of which he is
question: to place sustainable development, not in the logic
compliance with standards and regulations, but in a broader approach
which forms the choices of our life and our cities - on a scale of solidarity not
only our continent, but our planet.