If it were necessary to observe the contemporary habitat under the microscope "Habitarium" would certainly be the result. In the creative laboratory of the Public Condition in Roubaix (59), a hundred works ranging from prehistoric cave to citizen hacktivism intersect until 8 July 2018.

In its Hall B, a huge 1 500 square meter space and 7 meters high, The Public Condition offers hospitality to those who question having a roof over the head. Composed in three axes - starting from the existing, reinventing the models and changing the lifestyles, the modes of doing -, "Habitarium" challenges on the social dimension, ecological but also political of this central subject, thus reminding us that to live is a need. In this former 1902 textile control and certification establishment, specialists question these themes through photographs, models, films and software, all complemented by wooden partitions with explanatory texts. In this way, the photographer Sébastien Godefroy sets up a video installation entitled The image is nothing condensing three months during which he followed the daily life of a Romanian couple living in precariousness. Significant images when we know that poor housing and homelessness affect 4 million French this year. Because, beyond the simple shelter, the home is also a link essential to a life in society. In the same vein, the winners of the 6e The 2015-2016 Mini-Foam contest, Fabien Le Goffe and Cédric Jenin, on the theme of "The new house of the best days" - in reference to Jean Prouvé and his home for the Abbé Pierre - see their model Wood Stock exhibited among transition houses, social goal while the real estate market is increasingly speculative.

The artist Clément Richem discusses the climate and environmental aspects, through a model called Poussière. On the ground, sand is sprinkled in a circular manner, on which are placed buildings that pile up among the dunes while ruins of buildings disappear.


In a completely different theme, that of the renovation of buildings as an alternative to destruction, the architects Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal and Frédéric Druot present Imaginations of Transformation, a video made by journalist Karine Dana. Free conversation about the transformation of the existing heritage, illustrated by the City of the Grand Parc in Bordeaux that the master builders rehabilitated, the film approaches the architectural metamorphosis as a new way of living and living in urban space in place and place of demolition, a habit they denounce. The redevelopment of these social apartments 530 has allowed an increase in floor area and a reduction in energy consumption of 60% through the creation of balconies and winter gardens 4 meters deep as buffers. An ecological and economical device - since it costs four times less than a destruction / reconstruction operation - applicable to a large number of buildings. A track for the future, then.

The developers of Labo Cristal, meanwhile, present UrbiviZ, an experimental augmented reality software that allows visitors to walk around a virtual Grand Place and access geographic, demographic, economic or social notifications about the city of Roubaix. . An experience that makes people aware of the future of so-called smart cities where inhabitants, housing and urban infrastructures produce traceable, stored computer data.

And for a total immersion in the subject, it is enough to reserve one night in the camping of the collective of the architects of Yes We Camp installed on the roof-terrace of the Public Condition, an ephemeral village made of wood composed of a "Touch-and-go hutch" - as its designers call it - nine single beds, tents ranging from one to four places and suites.

"Habitarium" has allowed professionals from different backgrounds to make their contribution to housing.

Exhibition «Habitarium, a laboratory season on the habitat» up to 8 July 2018 at La Condition Publique, Roubaix (59)

To learn more, visit the website of La Condition Publique 

1) Xavier Veilhan, La grotte, 1998. Frac Grand Large collection - Hauts-de-France © ADAGP Paris, 2017. © Maxime Dufour
2) Wood stock - Minimaousse competition The new house for better days © Fabien Le Goff & Cédric Jenin / ENSA Nantes © Maxime Dufour
3) Pascale Marthine Tayou Home Sweet Home, 2011 Courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana Photo by Andrès Lejona © Maxime Dufour
4) Construire Les Bogues du Blat, 2009 - in progress Model, Notebooks, photographs Courtesy of the Construire Agency and the New Sponsors program © Maxime Dufour
5) Living in 2030 student research program, 2018 © ENSAPL © Maxime Dufour
6) Clément Richem, Dust 2013/2015 © Maxime Dufour
7) Martine Feipel & Jean Béchameil Un monde parfait, 2013 Installation, courtesy Galerie Gourvennec Ornor © Maxime Dufour
8) Exhibition view © Maxime Dufour
9) Encore Happy, Circular Pavilion, 2015 Model 42 x 32 x 22 cm Project Manager: Encore Happy Architects Sponsors: Pavillon de l'Arsenal and Paris City Hall Courtesy Encore Happy © Maxime Dufour
10) Malte Martin and Étienne Delprat Model of the Residence Europe Mons-en-Baroeul, 2018 Produced within the framework of habitarium © Maxime Dufour
11) Local Architecture Network (LAN) Modular and upgradeable housing, Bordeaux Bègles, 2015 Model Courtesy of Local Architecture Network © Maxime Dufour
12-13) Ephemeral installations for "Habitarium", collective YES WE CAMP, © YES WE CAMP

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