The Ministry of Culture and Communication is behind an ambitious policy on the architectural quality of buildings and urban and landscape spaces.

As part of a series of work carried out on large social housing projects since the creation of the label Heritage of the 20th century » and more particularly following a publication highlighting some one hundred remarkable achievements, the architecture department of the Directorate-General for Heritage entrusted a in-depth study of ten urban complexes Benoît Carrié, architect and teacher at the National School of Architecture of Versailles. The selection of these ensembles was based on their architectural, urban, landscape or constructive qualities; it presents various typologies and geographical and urban situations.

The first three monographs concerning the city of Wiesberg in Forbach designed by Émile Aillaud, the Residence of the Point du Jour in Boulogne-Billancourt by Fernand Pouillon and the City of Stars in Givors by Jean Renaudie, were published in 2015. The next two, the Cité des Fleurs d'André Lurçat and the Grandes Terres by Marcel Lods and Jean-Jacques Honegger, were released at the end of 2017.

The publication of these ten monographs will eventually offer the most comprehensive picture of the designs and forms at work, a true panorama of 20th century architectures that are all major elements of the heritage of today and probably even more of tomorrow.