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Mental Land

A recent model reflecting a local, spontaneous and collective approach, an approach that began its distillation in unoccupied sites or wastelands appears to be opposed to traditionally planned, fortified and channeled land. Architects change status and cooperate, pursuing and sharing projects with the inhabitants. Roles converge leading to extensive urban recycling projects with a convivial and humanist vocation. In exploring the glossary of ecology, the notions of sedimentation and taphonomy substitute the concept of palimpsest that embodies a static superimposition.

The Loire, an imprecise territory with vague contours, portrays this open and ghostly nature. It serves as a model to rethink the entire region where cultural, economic and social disparities, and its central position, refuse to be reduced to a single identity instead preferring the principle of multiple identities. Do recent collaborative practices provide new grounds for exploration? Is it possible to define the identity of our territory as openness towards the world?

This meeting is part of the ‘carte blanche’ at the 19th Rendez- vous de l’histoire de Blois, organised jointly by the Fondation du doute, CAUE 41 and Frac Centre-Val de Loire.

Speakers: Patrick Bouchain, « architect » and builder, André Guillerme, engineer and historian

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