Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, launches the third edition of the National Days of Architecture to be held on 19, 20 and 21 October 2018.

The architecture is everywhere! It is an art of everyday life that everyone rubs shoulders with every day in their housing, transportation, the public infrastructure they use, sports or cultural facilities, religious buildings or the large urban complexes they frequent. 

Architecture influences our lives, builds the present by shaping our daily habits and giving beauty to see, and imagines the heritage of the future.

The National Architecture Days aim to develop the architectural knowledge of the general public. They propose to unveil the richness of remarkable contemporary architecture wherever it is found, to tell the story that the building that surrounds us tells us, to awaken curiosities and artistic sensibilities and to value the cultural contribution, scientific, technical and social architecture for the well-being of all.  

On the programme of the National Days of Architecture throughout the territory: meetings and debates with the actors of architecture, visits to sites and urban walks, technical and artistic exhibitions, or educational workshops.

Arts and cultural education will be an integral part of the National Days of Architecture and Friday, October 19 will be dedicated to schools.  The aim is to develop an architectural and urban culture among the youngest people, which will make them enlightened and demanding actors of their daily living environment, of both built space and natural environment.

In addition, as in 2017, the National Council of the Order of Architects and the Regional Councils of the Order of Architects are participating on October 19 and 20 in these National Days with the 5th edition of the Architects Open Doors. This action is intended to share with the greatest number all the diversity and inventiveness of the professions of architecture and the value it represents for all citizens.

The 2018 edition of these Days will also be marked by the proclamation of a new winner of the National Grand Prix of Architecture and the opening of the exhibition of the AJAP winners (Albums des Jeunes Architectes et Paysagistes 2018) at the City of Architecture and Heritage.

Since May at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the French Pavilion has been invested by the collective Still Happy and its exhibition "Infinite Places" offers another look at architecture.  It demonstrates an architecture that is open-ended, participatory, engaging, non-finite, free, experimental and inclusive.  This project illustrates the very ambition of the National Days of Architecture: to reveal all the dimensions of the discipline and to create in the French a “desire for architecture”.

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The National Days of Architecture are coordinated by the Directorate-General for Heritage and implemented in the regions, by the regional Directorates for Cultural Affairs. They can count on the animation and the great mobilization of the networks of architecture at the national and regional level: the National Schools of Architecture (ENSA), the National Council (CNOA) and the Regional Councils of the Order of Architects (CROA), the Houses of Architecture, the City of Architecture and Heritage (CAPA), the Councils of Architecture, Urbanism and the Environment (CAUE), the Network of Cities and Countries of Art and History (VPAH), etc.