EXPERIMENT Behind this project, we are two young architects graduated from the architecture school of Bordeaux willing to set up a significative transition between our years of studies and our first steps in the professional life. This approach is the perfect opportunity to create a path between the education and the practice of architecture.
TRAVEL The project is based on a shared deep conviction: the travel shapes the architect. Seeing beyond what we already know, beyond what’s familiar to us. That’s the way we would enrich our projects and our thinking would be developed in order to design better architecture. Experience and exchange as a learning process for our profession: the architect never stops learning and sharing.
= Julie, 25, architect =
Julie has a strong knowledge about Germany and its industrial park thanks to a year of Erasmus exchange then an academic year off in Cologne and Düsseldorf to complete an internship. This temporary expatriation provided her her thesis topic: the Architecture and Urbanism of chemical parks in the 21st century, with a case study on the Chempark of Bayer AG.
Her curiosity about industry made it her favorite study subject. Her final project for graduation dealt with current issues about this singular type of structure, such as: heritage, decontamination and rehabilitation. The project also interrogates the architect’s role in a city’s social organization.
This work experience about industrial and social architecture would therefore be a significant asset for the development of the project, the setting up of debates and the search for knowledge about the 20th century heritage.
= Moanna, 24, architect =
Moanna has experience in architectural and cultural mediation thanks to several workshops during her studies. In the All Over (architecture at school) project, she worked for 5 months in a class of the school Jean Zay (Bordeaux, France) and developed the children’s space and volume perception by teaching them perspective, models and with the final construction of a furniture for the theatre club. She pursued this action with an architectural mediation for neophyte adults regarding the new dynamic neighborhood under construction Euratlantique, and more precisely the train station. Finally, she took part in a student magazine, Mitraillette, in which she wrote a dossier named “The urban tightrope walker. These streets are not made for walkin’”.
These skills developed in mediation will be useful for setting up debates and workshops with students and teachers in universities, and for the management of conferences and exhibitions.