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Jean-Pierre Pranlas - Descours Architects

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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.

About the Author

Peter Hetherington, former regional affairs and northern editor of The Guardian, was a reporter at The Journal, Newcastle, covering local government – focussing on local politics and redevelopment – during the early 70s. Latterly he has written about planning, housing, regeneration and local government for The Guardian and other publications, and travelled extensively in Britain and overseas covering that field. He was a board member of the government's former Academy for Sustainable Communities, a member of its former urban sounding board, and is currently a vice president, trustee and policy council member of the Town and Country Planning Association.  

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