National Days of Architecture
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.
Centre Culturel Jean-Marie TjibaouNouméa, Nouvelle Calédonie, Architect: Renzo Piano© OPPIC / Arnaud Legrain
Architecture is at the crossroads of today’s major challenges.
- ecological and climatic by its heritage and urban dimension;
- economic because it nourishes activity and employment and contributes to the attractiveness of the territories;
- by the bond it establishes in our cities, cities and rural areas;
- The European Union is committed to scientific and innovation, through the ingenuity of the architects and professionals of the living environment that it mobilizes for the well-being of users.
The National Architecture Days, created as part of the national strategy for architecture launched by the Ministry of Culture in October 2015 for the attention of all the public, have the priority objectives of:
- familiarize with architectural issues
- provide keys to understanding the architecture that shapes territories.
- enable us to intervene in the transformation of the living environment and to participate in the control of an architecture that meets the needs and expectations of everyone.
They carry the ambition 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 of the built environment around us, to awaken curiosities and artistic sensibilities and to value the cultural contribution, scientific, technical and social architecture for the well-being of all.
Leucate, Occitanie, Architect: Georges Candilis© DRAC-CRMH Occitanie
The National Days of Architecture are also an opportunity to highlight the profession of architect which, even if it attracts young people, remains unknown.
What does an architect do, how does he work and what does he bring to society in terms of service?
On the programme of the National Days of Architecture throughout the territory: meetings and debates with the actors of architecture, visits of architectural agencies, buildings and construction sites, urban walks, exhibitions, films or educational workshops:
The National Days of Architecture are held on 3e October weekend. Friday is especially reserved for the school public.
The fourth edition of the National Architecture Days will take place this year from 18 to 20 October 2019.
Experimental house Saint-Julien-du-sault, Burgundy - Franche-Comté, Architect: Jean Daladier© Viviane Rat-Morris
To be noted this year
The poster announcing the event will be available in 17 regional versions based on iconic architectural photos of each region combining contemporary architecture and heritage.
National Council of the Order of Architects has decided to join the National Architecture Days by encouraging the opening of architecture agencies and by promoting the meeting with architects.
From this year only one site to view the complete programming.
Architectures to live
Les éditions À vivre organize every year during two weekends of June the Architectural Days To live.
This event is based on the visit of individual housing projects, imagined and designed by architects - new houses, apartments, renovations, rehabilitation or extensions - in the presence of the owner and the architect.
For the first time this year Live publishing has agreed to organize on the occasion of the National Architecture Days a second session of the Architectural Days To Live will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2019.
Cinéma l'EdenVannes, Bretagne, Architect: Edmond Germain© Inventaire général Bretagne / Bègne Bernard
The National Days of Architecture are initiated by the Ministry of Culture/ Directorate General of Heritage, which manages the national communication. They are implemented in the regions by the regional cultural affairs directorates which stimulate, initiate or coordinate initiatives.
The organization of National Architecture Days builds on the mobilization of all national and regional architecture networks:
- National Colleges of Architecture
- National Federation of CAUE
- National Council and Regional Councils of the Order of Architects
- City of Architecture & Heritage
- Network of Houses of Architecture
- Centres for the dissemination of architecture
It is supported by: