Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, opened this Thursday, October 14 at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, the 6e National Architecture Days on the theme of “Living Together”.

On this occasion, it shared with the entire sector the main lines of its architecture policy, in response to the major challenges it faces: the ecological transition, the search for a better quality of life, the requirement of respect for our heritage, whether it is old or newer.

She called for the mobilization of professionals and higher education in architecture, supported by the network of 20 ENSA, already very committed to the transformations underway.

Architects have a crucial role to play in renewing the building production process. Wherever possible, rehabilitation should be favoured, in closer association with future users. In order to better support the sector and to support these developments, the Ministry will set up a new partnership tool on 16 November, the Observatory of Architecture Economics.

In parallel is launched with Emmanuelle Wargon, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Ecological Transition, responsible for Housing, the call for expression of interest “Committed to the quality of tomorrow’s housing.” This is the implementation of one of the main recommendations of the Quality of social housing, presented by Pierre-René Lemas in January 2021.

The health crisis has revealed the new expectations of the French housing. The program intends to design housing that meets these requirements, combining aesthetic and environmental requirements, while controlling costs. From news architectural solutions must be invented, and experienced, in best integrating community and residents. This programme will provide a pool of innovative practices, representative of the excellence of our architecture sector.

Candidate teams, jointly and severally comprised of a public or private developer, a community and an architect, have until February 18, 2022 to respond to this expression of interest.

The 100 winning teams will benefit from a “Committed to the quality of tomorrow’s housing” that will signal the quality of their project. They will benefit from a local and national enhancement campaign.

20 of them will be the subject of a specific support within an incubator for one year, which provide them with legal assistance, support for setting up operations and scientific support. An evaluation process will identify the innovations implemented.

Financial support in engineering will be provided to winning projects by the Caisse des Dépôts, program partner.

This call for projects forms part of the reflections carried out at European level on architectural quality and is part of the New European Bauhaus which will be implemented on the national territory by the Ministry of Culture.