Bringing together the world of sport and culture is the ambition of the Archi-Folies project, which will mobilize national schools of architecture and sports federations around a common horizon: Paris 2024. Explanations.

« The Archi-Folies are a golden opportunity to bring together the worlds of sport and culture » congratulated Rima Abdul-Malak, Minister of Culture, on November 21, at the official launch of the project at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris. In gold, like the metal of the most prestigious medal... How to better define this project, which brings together, on the occasion of the Cultural Olympiad for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris 2024, the twenty national schools of architecture and twenty national sports federations around the same gesture: design pavilions that will be installed on the site of the parc de La Villette during the competition and are then destined to be resettled in the territory of the different schools?


Archi-Folies, a new project that is attracting support

This project, totally « unpublished Jean Zoungrana, President of the French Canoeing Federation, a witness for federations, expresses enthusiasm for working with schools. “ The pavilions, he says, must reflect the identity of each of the federations, be welcoming, and take into account our areas of work: performance, building a legacy, and the issue of celebrating the Olympic Games. 2024 will mark the centenary of our link with Olympism Nathalie Péchalat, Deputy Chair of the Club France, a member of the Board of Directors of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF), details this specifications a little more. « Archi-Folies must be adapted to the use of all audiences and be eco-responsible Referring to Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, who advocated “ the alliance of muscle and mind ”, she noted that the committee had “ at the heart of mixing sport and culture ».

On the architectural side, it’s the same enthusiasm. Lise Le Bouille in master 2 at the National School of Architecture of Brittany, sees in the Archi-Folies project a unique opportunity to the architects of tomorrow » see “lThe European Parliament, the European Parliament and the ". " Putting the body at the centre of tomorrow’s architecture is crucial ", added Laurent Mouly, teacher at the École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Normandieschools of architecture. It also states that “ the schools are gathered to think the architecture of a more ecological universe For Pierre Martinez, Deputy Director of Culture for Paris 2024, the Archi-Folies are “ emblematic » of the Cultural Olympiad, which in itself is an event: For the first time, the Olympic Games were combined with a cultural programme that embodies the values shared by sport and culture – excellence, inclusion and diversity – as part of an International Olympic Committee (IOC) label. More than 500 projects have already been certified ».


Archi-Folies, a project that makes the bet of collective intelligence

A little earlier in the day, a workshop had given their roadmap to the schools of architecture. The spirit of the Archi-Folies is first and foremost a pedagogy by the do » and the implementation of a «collective intelligence ». Illustration with film projection Home for all, account of the project of communal house in the village of Four, in Isère, developed by Marie and Keith Zawistowski as part of their pedagogy of «design/build» in the École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Grenoble. In other words, according to Marie Zawistowski, the idea that architects will build with their own hands what they designed Students are the workforce of a project that uses local resources and takes people on an adventure. “ The building is ultimately the fruit of collective intelligence ” adds Keith Zawistowski.   

To implement these principles, the Archi-Folies project has first defined a method and a timetable. The first semester of 2023 will be punctuated by two highlights: the treatment of the issue of expectations between each school and its partner sports federation and the presentation of a first draft. According to Dimitri Toubanos, its animator, the question of materials will benefit from the expertise of the scientific and pedagogical network for the teaching of ecological transition in schools of architecture and landscape (ENSA-ECO).  


It remained to define the blueprint Three scenarios were presented. The proposal put forward by the germe&JAM collective is to ' continue the project of Bernard Tschumi by continuing on the lines of the canal of the Ourq and the Zénith, the lawns seem to us to be heritage not to invade by the constructions "That of the the AUC agency, summarized by the formula 20 sports federations, 20 architecture schools, 1 = 20 ” aims to ensure that “ the fruit of cooperation between the 20 schools » leads to one and the same « object A platform, designed for example in the spirit of the ephemeral floating pavilion built a few years ago by the Tom Emerson studio in collaboration with architecture schools. Finally, starting from the observation that the park has a great capacity to open on the imagination », the proposal for the uapS agency invites students to build a ' in-between ", a concept dear to Bernard Tschumi, " an interface thickness, a resto-verso space Next appointment on January 26 with a second workshop on the pedagogy of schools. One thing is certain: architecture schools are in the starting blocks!

Bernard Tschumi: «Creating something that, beyond construction, goes towards poetry»


The students hardly seemed to believe it. Bernard Tschumi, the «father» of the Park and the Grande Halle de La Villette, winner of the Grand Prix national d'architecture in 1996, was present on Monday, November 21, at the launch of the Archi-Folies. He agreed to give us his comments on the spot. “ The project is exciting in that it is entirely true to the spirit of the park at the time of its design, he believes. Architecture is, in my opinion, as much a question of space as of movement and event. The Olympic Games combine movement and event. And in the spirit of the park, there was this idea that the place was a show generator. In other words, students will build something complementary to the spirit of the park In the project specifications, schools are required to design “ pavilions that reflect the identity of each of the sports federations. Why, in your opinion, is this word “ pavilion ” ? “ I went to see his definition in the dictionary, he continues. In a joust, the pavilion is that tent in which the knights withdraw once the fight is over. Each has an identity. Students in architecture school therefore have as a roadmap to create a series of banners symbolizing the movement for each pavilion What message do you want to send to students? “ I encourage them to create something that goes beyond construction to poetry ».