École d’architecture
de la ville & des territoires

Caring/Curing Architecture

Du Monday 13 February 2023
au Friday 17 February 2023

The School unveils the names and descriptions of the thematic workshops of its winter school

Architects, designers, photographers, journalists... find out who will be supervising the ten workshops of our winter school Caring/Curing Architecture, that will take place from February 13 to 17, 2023 under the curatorship of Iris Lacoudre.

The winter school is an intensive week-long exercise that allows more than 250 students from the École and students from all over the world to work together for 5 days on cross-cutting reflections on the city, the territory and architecture.

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Workshops descriptions

01. Dear Mestizo

In rural tradition, during winter time, families used to gather in the barn to mend clothes, repair farming tools
and fix furnitures, while workers would travel around villages as experts of pottery and umbrellas repairing. As
Michael Wolf photo series ”Bastard chairss” (2002) portrays,repair continues to be a daily activity for people that
cannot afford the throwaway-culture, but who instead needs to fight the programmed obsolescence of what the
market offers. Inspired by these examples, ”Dear Mestizo” seeks to experiment collectively with repairing, from the scale of the object to that of the space. Students will be guided in repairing a piece of damaged architecture in the University and few found objects, to be repurposed during the closing event of the Winter School.

Supervised by Francesca Gotti
Francesca Gotti is an architect and PhD Candidate at Politecnico di Milano. Between 2019-2021 she was research
fellow for the European project En/counter/points, on participatory reactivations of neglected urban spaces.
Since 2021 she is assistant at USI-Mendrisio for Leopold Banchini. Between 2017-2019 she worked as exhibition
designer for Atelier Brückner (DE). Since 2015 she coordinates grassroots projects of reuse of urban
commons and she is part of the editorial board of ARK magazine.

02. Die Welt ist schön

In 1928, Albert Renger-Patzsch published Die Welt ist schön, a collection of 100 detail photographs revealing the
texture and structure of the things… around him, natural or man-made. This publication contributes to founding the Neue Sachlichkeit, a modern art that opposes the pictorialism of its time, but also to pay equal attention to
living forms and industrial objects. This workshop proposes to collectively replay the «Die Welt ist schön» protocol. Take a curious and sensitive look at the details, select 100 shots taken with macro lenses, print 100 enlargement posters to pay attention to the scale of the tiny.

Supervised by Grégoire Deberdt
et Simon Boudvin

Grégoire Deberdt is an architect graduated from the National School of Architecture of Versailles and the Urban
School of Sciences Po Paris.His current practice combines architectural project projects, territorial analysis and
strategy studies and research-creation residencies. After having taught spatial representation at the ENSA of
Clermont-Ferrand, he joined in 2019 the Ensa de Paris-Est during the creation of the Fragments master’s course
within the project workshops and the research seminar.

Simon Boudvin, artist, studied in Paris at the Beaux-arts in the studio of Giuseppe Penone and at the School of
architecture Paris-Malaquais.After teaching in different art and architecture schools, he joins in 2018 the staff of the National School for Landscape architecture, Versailles. His work is carried out through exhibitions, collaborations, and publications that reflect his diverse research.

03. Habiller l’(im)mobilier

Following the energy renovation of the school and adopting the attitude of caring/curing at the scale of the
body, Habiller l’(im)mobilier offers an observation of the of the most characteristic object/tool in Marne, the workshop table as a new architectural object able to provide a comfort close to the body and to increase its potential uses. The workshop is a poetic invitation to heat and proposes to to appreciate the school as a large kotatsu* and its tables as small buildings. Making the invisible visible, the students will observe, with the help of a thermal camera, the efficiency of a table covered with a survival blanket, a plastic sheet or insulation and heated by a radiator, a heating mat or its occupants…

Supervised by Clément Paillon
et Camille Petric

Graduated from Architecture & Experience master’s degree, he has assisted Fosco Lucarelli for two years in his
project studio at EAVT. Since 2020, he has been collaborating with Traumnovelle, and took part in the 2022
HORST festival. Before that, he has evolved within XDGA’s and muoto’s offices, and has conducted research for the project of Asako Iwama, Iris Lacoudre and Camille Sineau at the Istanbul biennal 2020. In 2022, he co-founded the architecture collective [21-28]°C.

Sensitive to the reasoned and reasonable use of materials and energy, Camille combines architecture, logistics,
sewing and music in her practice. In the continuity of her career within the master Transformation, Camille builds her experience around the circular economy in Mobius. She makes materials transit from one site to another, by
binding deconstruction and integration of reused materials. She co-founded in 2022 the architecture collective [21-28]°C.

04. Hammam Quaderna

HAMMAM QUADERNA inscribes itself in long-lasting research about contemporary thermal space. Since the
Romans, thermae have been the most shared spaces of the city, devoted to absorbing a large part of public life while allowing access to all social classes. A previous step of our research has been the temporary transformation of the Maldiere bus stop in Lausanne into a steam bath open to the public. In 1972 Zanotta produced the Quaderna Serie, designed by Superstudio. A number of modular furniture, called Istograms, populated a democratic landscape, aimed to free the action of its inhabitants. Our exercise aims to reweave the continuity of public and thermal space, thing out the space with separate intimacy and community. QUADERNA will be the base to design and construct new hammam modules.

Supervised by Giovanni Piovene
et Giuseppe Greppi

Giovanni Piovene has taught at ISIA, at the Accademia in Mendrisio and at EPFL. He currently teaches at ENSA de
Paris-Est. He co-founded San Rocco magazine (2010), and edited the book Book of Copies (2014). With Ambra Fabi, he founded the Piovenefabi studio in 2012. The office works nationally and internationally in the fields of
architecture, urban research, and design, and was part of the curatorial team of the Lisbon Architecture Triennial

Giuseppe Greppi has trained as an art gallery assistant, photographer, cultural mediator, and architect. He founded Zattere, an architecture collective that focuses on the profession’s practical aspect, bringing together the designer and the builder in one single figure. The last work delves into the process of unveiling discarded objects produced by construction sites, offering a meditation on these ecosystems. He has worked as an assistant professor at the Politecnico di Milano for two years.

05. Living School

Living School is a photographic project that will take the form of a collective printed publication, staged in the
workspace used by the workshop during the week within the school. The photographic medium offers students the opportunity to look at and show their own living and working space (the school) and those who inhabit and use it (the people). It is an opportunity to look at the details, intimacy and relationship that bodies have with space, light and objects and the ways in which they interact with each other. How can we look at and show the world around us by exploring the potential of the photographic act as a tool for expression and dialogue?

Supervised by Guillaume Grall,
Julia Andréone, Florine Bonaventure

Born in 1981, Guillaume Grall has been teaching representation at the École d’architecture de la ville & des
territoires Paris-Est since 2008. In 2012, with Benoît Santiard, he founded Building Paris, a graphic design and
art direction studio and works on publishing, visual identity and exhibition projects, with various subjects and
scales, with a strong interest in architecture. In 2019, they launch the publishing house Building Books.

Born in 1987, Julia Andréone is a photographer, graduated from Central Saint Martins College in London and Écal in Lausanne. Since 2017, she has been the visual director and photographer of the fashion collective GAMUT. She
teaches art direction at the Institut Français de la Mode in Paris, graphic design at the Beaux-Arts de Lyon and
photography at the École d’art et design de Nancy. In 2019, she founded the Europium studio with Ghazaal Vojdani.

Born in 1989, Florine Bonaventure is a graduate of the Beaux-Arts in Lyon and the Écal in Lausanne. She has been
the artistic director of The Gentlewoman magazine since 2016. In 2020 she launched the research project Living
Structures, at the crossroads of art and architecture, on the interactions between built space and the natural world. She teaches at several art schools, including HEAD in Geneva and Central Saint Martins College in London.

06. Maintenance tools for collective use

For cultural and societal reasons, daily tasks are invisibilized, devalued and solitary. We want to think about giving a social dimension to these daily gestures. Everyday tools are designed to perform specific tasks, most often to be handled individually. By designing maintenance objects for collective use, the exercise will lead the students to an increased observation of the gestures used to manipulate the object. In order to build a collection of strange yet familiar objects, whose form will be as important as their manipulation. The setting in motion of these tools will require a collective synchronization as many performances.

Supervised by Antoine Lebot
et Vincent Dumay

Graduated of the Paris-Est School of Architecture, Antoine Lebot works between Italy, Switzerland and France. He has been collaborating with Italian architect Francesca Torzo since 2015 and works as an assistant professor of architecture projects (Mendrisio, CH 2020-24, Bergen, NO 2017-21, Paris Est, FR 2021)

Vincent Dumay is graduated from Paris-Est School of Architecture in 2015, he works in Sweden and France. He
has significant experience in the field of the restoration of historic buildings. His personal has focus on rammed earth exploration. He is resident of the Swedish Institute of Rome during the year 2022-2023.

07. Palm Beach under a heating plant

In maintenance and caring a clear division is set between those who serve and those who get served.
In our forever brand new clean world, we tend to hide, make invisible, and finally forget about those who work;
building technical spaces, ducts and pipes, cleaning staff, technicians and gardeners are always secondary
characters. We believe in the possibility of breaking this dichotomy. In a more fluid world, where things and
actions are not reduced to their pragmatic functions but could have identities and main presence.

Supervised by Dafni Retzepi,
Marta Cassany, Angélique Kuenzle

Dafni Retzepi received her MSc in Architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (2017).
She has worked as a teaching assistant for the HEAD Genève for Philippe Rham and Line Fontana. Since 2020
she is a founding member of the group of architects Sujets Objets /. In 2020 she started a PHD in the departement of theory of architecture of the university of Bologna (IT).

Marta Cassany (1995, Barcelona) is an architect currently working and living in Zürich. She studied architecture at
the ETSAB in Barcelona, at ETH in Zürich and at the Accademia in Mendrisio. Since 2016, she has worked in
diverse Swiss offices such as Christ & Gantenbein in Basel, Bosshard Vaquer Architekten in Zürich, Sergison Bates
Architekten in Zürich and more recently in the office Sujets Objets in Geneva.

After a first bachelor’s degree in interior architecture at the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD-Geneva),
Angélique Kuenzle worked in Paris and Lausanne before starting a second course in architecture at the Accademia de Mendrisio (AAM) and at the ETHZ where she obtained her MSc. Since then, Angélique has been a member of the architectural group Sujets Objets / in Geneva, while teaching in the chair of Jan De Vylder at ETHZ.

08. Restaurer et se restaurer

Eating is sometimes described as a «total social fact» : «an activity that has implications throughout society, in the economic, legal, political, and religious spheres» (Marcel Mauss). In French, «restaurer un bâtiment» (restoring a building) and «se restaurer» (eating) are both linked to the idea of «caring». Through the medium of podcast, the idea of this workshop is to show that cooking and eating are more than household chores.

Supervised by Émilie Laystary
et Aurore Bonami

Émilie Laystary is a French journalist. She writes for the newspaper Libération and hosts « Bouffons », a podcast
(produced by the studio Nouvelles Écoutes) about food studies. She is part of L’école comestible, an association
intending to defend food education at school.
Émilie is also a teacher at Nanterre’s University.

Trained in photography in Switzerland and then in cooking, Aurore Bonami develops an artistic practice at the
crossroads of different mediums. In a plastic approach to the arts of the table and in the form of events, she
experiments and searches for ways to eat differently from the food itself.

09. Rides

Exploring space through the lens of wrinkles as value. Like patina and all visible marks of uses and passing time, scars are often perceived as suspect. Even they are part of the history of a place and let appear the underlayers, the substrate which otherwise remain invisible. By exploring the notion of rift, we invite to perceive beyond the surface, into the depth of matter. Should we plug this gap at all costs, sometimes allowing vegetation to grow, water to flow? The workshop will be articulated between sessions of exploration, settling and experimentation such as the discovery of the Kintsugi technique and actions in situ.

Supervised by Ludivine Gragy
Ludivine Gragy is a landscape architect working on various scales of territory. In her projects Plants, Soil, Water &
Stones cohabit in order to enable ecosystems to grow.
Her practice is driven by experimentation and the maintenance of a close link between creation, realization
and its cultivation over time. She founded her Berlin (DE) based studio in 2018. During her working process, digital and analogue tools come together to enhance the optimization of natural resources.

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