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Jean-Pierre Pranlas - Descours Architects
Publisher: Les Archives d'Architecture Moderne
Date Published: Feb 2011
Stock Code: 72419
Total votes: 0
The Jean-Pierre Pranlas-Descours agency is among the most dynamic real-estate companies in France. Some 20 projects and recent constructions of the Practice are presented in this work supported by plans, photographs and authoritative commentary. The works include:
The Media Library for Saint-Jacques de la Lande, nominated for the Equerre d’argent in 2000 and the Prix du Moniteur AMC; The 20 house building development (2006) in 11th department of Paris, nominated for the Equerre d’argent in 2000 and in the Prix du Moniteur AMC; A cemetery entrance delivered in 2006 in Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande; The 25 house building project in Montreuil delivered in 2008; The school workshop of Les Compagnons du Devoir delivered in Nantes (2008); An ‘arrangement’ of the banks of Haute Deûle, planned for delivery in 2010; The development plan of the Porte de Montreuil in 20th department in Paris, a project of 200,000 m ² that incorporates offices, marketsand a park, to be delivered in 2014; In 2007 the transformation of the airport site of Reykavik in Island, a project of 1,5 millions m² conceived to accommodate offices, public buildings, a shopping centre and a congress centre.
These projects, the ideas behind and their impact are the focus of this book, which takes the form of discussions with the architect within the wider context of urban design and development.
Irene Murphy Lewis, PhD
I read the book of Jean Pierre Pranlas-Descours on my flight from New York City to San Francisco and found it well-written, well-organized and the graphics exquisitely placed, offering the reader the freedom, the space to focus on what's at hand. What I came to admire most are the intelligent, thoughtful interviews with the architect himself, with his deep understanding and handling of the terrains of the landscapes of each project he endeavors. His approach of a new space seems to be influenced by his study and love of history, as well as his interest in the post-modern environmental challenges, not just ecologically but also his concern for the future of the public and their everyday working relationship to his works of art. There is a feeling in his constructions of both being enveloped in security and being set free to explore our own ideas and meanderings.
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