The Obras office, headed by Frédéric Bonnet, and the AJAP14 collective joined forces to work on the curatorial project for the French pavilion, in the conviction that their common commitment would provide a more legitimate voice for an understanding of the architectural situation at the territorial scale, one that could do justice to the rich and fertile field of all the actors involved in the construction of the living environment.
Theirs is a shared vision: that no territory should be excluded from this reflection, and that this will require enhancing the qualities of settle- ment in rural territories, in urban landscapes, and in suburban developments that are gener- ally excluded from consideration. This project is undertaken as an experiment in collaborative work, in the conviction that architecture can pro- duce richness outside of the logic of competition and economic growth.
And since collective work calls for even more collectivity, the team has expanded to include MYOP, France(s) Liquid Territories, Fourre-Tout Editions, the National schools of Architecture, the council of architects of State, the Centers for Architecture, the CAUE, and local communi- ties, as well as all the architects whose work is presented in this exhibition. The following list is hardly complete.