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Architecture on the move!




"Architecture on the move ! Cities and mobilities " exhibition on tour

In Europe, Maghreb and American continent !
Bilingual exhibition french-english:


in Stuttgart, from 1st to 28 february, at the City Hall
in Casablanca 22 october to 20 november at the Coupole, arabe league park
in Nantes from 8 to 31st october 2004 at the Lieu Unique
in Rome from 23 april to 23 may at Adriano Olivetti Fondazione
in Mexico from 12 april to 14 may 2004
in Fribourg from 8 to 30 march 2004 at the Architecture Forum
in Copenhagen from 26 January to 19 marc 2004 at the Danish architecture center
in Montbeliard from 5 to 23 December 2003 at the headquarters of the Communauté d'Agglomération du pays de Montbéliard
in Lyon from 8 October to 21 December at the Maison de l’architecture Rhône-Alpes
in Thessalonica from 13 to 25 October 2003
in Oslo from the 11 to 27 September 2003 at the Bank of Norway Gallery
in Bordeaux from 3 July to 14 September 2003, at the Arc en Rêve Architecture Centre
in Rotterdam from 7 May to 7 July 2003 at Las Palmas (lien hypertexte vers l’article « l’Institut pour la ville en mouvement à la première biennale internationale de Rotterdam »)
in Lisbon in April 2003 at the IST Museum (Instituto Superior Tecnico)


In Brazil !
In its Spanish-Portuguese version:

in Sao Paulo from 29 march 2005, at the Institute of Brazilian Architects.



In China !
Bilingual exhibition french-english:


In Canton, from 18 January to 27 February 2005, at the Guangzhou photography biennial. For this tour, the Exhibition also includes photographs by Chinese photographers on day-to-day mobilities in the cities of Canton, Beijing, Wuhan, Chongqing and Shanghai. in Beijin from 9 to 11 October 2004 at the Tsinghua University
in Wuhan from 20 to 21 may 2004
in Canton from 6 to 8 March 2004
in Chongqing from 20 to 31 October 2003
in Shanghai in April 2003


You can also get the Exhibition catalogue “Architecture on the move, cities and mobilities”




Why should our loci of movement not be civic spaces, places that promote ease of being?
The Institut pour la ville en mouvement (City on the Move Institute) has chosen the World Automobile Show, where the public comes to fantasise about engine performance and new concept cars, as its forum to draw attention to the vital issue of the quality of city life. Real improvements to the city have been created by teams of architects, planners, landscapers in different cities around the world … A new generation of car parks, bridges, stations, offices, shopping centres, and even roundabouts … is emerging.

Creating public and professional awareness
The originality of the projects on show, whether planned or completed, proves that there is no contradiction between pleasure and comfort, durability and safety. It is an invitation to travel – to take a stroll – through a land of modernity, to rediscover words (along with their underlying architectural concepts) as basic as walk, cross, access, change, exchange, park, live… in short, to rediscover the real city.




City on the move institute at the first rotterdam international biennial of architecture 7 may to 7 july 2003

Queen Beatrix exploring the exhibits with Francis Rambert,
exhibition organiser.

Opened by Queen Beatrix on 7 May, the first Rotterdam Biennial chose as its theme ?Mobility - A room with view?.
The aim of the Biennial’s director, the architect Francine Houben, is to show how mobility is closely linked with day-to-day life, using examples from many cities around the world, projects by architects of every nationality, student work and a series of exhibitions. It was therefore logical that the City on the Move Institute should be present at the event.
In collaboration with AFAA, the French association for artistic action, the “ Architecture on the Move” Exhibition is shown in Las Palmas, one of the sites at the Biennial.
On 9 May, François Ascher, Professor of Town Planning at Paris 8 University and Chair of the IVM’s Scientific and Steering Committee, gave a lecture at the invitation of the Biennial at the Dutch Institute of Architecture (NAI).
Finally, the IVM organised a round table on 11 May as part of the debate and conference programme.



To find out more…
Programme de la table ronde en pdf à télécharger

Conférence de François Ascher en pdf à télécharger

Lien vers le site de la Biennale





Success for the architecture on the move. Cities and mobilities exhibition in shanghai

The “Architecture on the Move. Cities and Mobilities” Exhibition opened in its Chinese-French version on Monday, April 21. The architecture department of Tongji Kent University wanted to stage a Chinese version of the IVM’s exhibition of 42 international architecture projects. This exhibition will go on tour in 2003/2004 around different Chinese cities.
Mrs WU Qidi, President of the University, Mr Jean-Marin Schuh, Consul General of France, the cultural and academic attaches, together with representatives from the Municipality of Shanghai and the City on the Move Institute, were all present in the University’s Great Hall


Mrs Wu Qidi, President
of the University of Tongji
Journal de bord
Monday, 21 April:
There were speeches by Mrs Wu Qidi, Mr Jean-Marin Schuh and Sylvain Allemand, representing the IVM. Mrs Wu spoke first, welcoming the City on the Move Institute and emphasising the significance of the issues. Mr Schuh spoke in Chinese, underlining the importance of the research, its relevance to China and particularly to Shanghai, citing the example of the Southern Station. He concluded by thanking everyone who had taken part in the operation. Mr Allemand rounded off with a speech expressing the IVM’s enthusiasm for its involvement in China.

The guests then toured the exhibition and discussed their impressions over a French-style buffet organised in their honour. This was followed by discussions with the press.

Tuesday, 22 April: The architect Ali Dehbonei, representative of the AREP (SNCF stations agency) and head of Chinese projects, gave a talk on intermodality based on the analysis of a number of Chinese examples. This presentation followed a short introduction by Pan Haixiao, who drew attention to the need for a global approach to the issue of movement in the city.

Wednesday, 23 April: Town planners and transport managers from the Municipality of Shanghai expressed their views on the advantages of intermodality and described certain aspects of the Municipality of Shanghai’s strategy.

The audience of higher level students and transport professionals from the Municipality of Shanghai addressed questions to speakers from both days. These questions revealed the audience’s interest in the debates and provided clarification on some very specific points.

The event was widely reported on television and radio and in the Shanghai press, and attracted a large and interested audience.





Two projects from Lyon have been added to the ?Architecture on the Move! Cities and Mobilities? Exhibition

Maison de l’Architecture Rhône-Alpes,
21 Place des Terreaux à Lyon,
from 8 October to 21 December 2003.


The new “Place Jean Jaurès” metro station, “Ticket to the imagination”:
The new “Place Jean Jaurès” metro is not just another station. The planisphere landscape finds its echo in great letter-columns forming the word “itinéraire”. Constellated with 1100 optical fibres, the station vault recalls the arch of the sky.
A breath of fresh air in the public transport system!
Client: Sytral
Architect: Robert Dussud




Rhône left bank development, “Flowing by the river”:

An interface between the street and river is being created by the side of the Rhône.
A new territory five kilometres long is there for the enjoyment of walkers or cyclists.
A choice of mobilities..
Client: Grand Lyon
Landscape: In situ Agency. Annie Tardivon and Emmanuel Jalbert
Architect: Françoise Hélène Jourda






Journey to the centre of planet ?mobility?

Published in May 2003 for the first Rotterdam Biennial of Architecture dedicated to Mobility, the book-catalogue for the manifesto-exhibition “Architecture on the Move, Cities and Mobilities” is the first digest of the new city practices that have emerged from today's transformed mobility. Whether transport facilities or more generic amenities, the loci of movement need to be places of the urban and the urbane.

At a time when intermodality has become the watchword, this book is addressed to all those who are interested in these contemporary issues surrounding the new places of mobility: users and practitioners of the city, especially clients of urban development and their collaborators (architects, town planners, landscapists), but also students reflecting on the city of tomorrow.
The selection of buildings and public spaces presents an international panorama of Europe (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, France, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland) and Asia (China, Korea, Japan). Each project is a case study in itself. The diversity of approach is matched by the diversity of scale : a small bicycle park under the RER rail bridge in the east of Paris; the emblematic Yokohama ferry terminal in Japan; the landscaped park over the Barcelona orbital road in Spain.

The book is divided into two parts, two rhythms;

1/ a study of the issues based around a series of texts:
- introduction by François Ascher, Chairman of the IVM’s scientific committee – “ Movement at the heart of modernity”;
- analysis by the exhibition organisers: Francis Rambert “Learning from Las Palmas”, an inquiry into the question of mobility; and Didier Rebois “architecture in the dynamics of networks”;
- interview with the architect Bernard Tschumi on the theme “architecture is always in confrontation with movement”.

2/ a fully illustrated presentation of 45 experiments, divided into 5 themes:
Travelling/Servicing: Nanterre Viaduct (Decq and Cornette, architects); Carrasco Park in Amsterdam in the Netherlands (West 8 architects); the corporate Brembo headquarters at Stezzano in Italy (Jean Nouvel, architect), etc.
Change/Interchange: Yokohama ferry terminal in Japan (FOA architects); the Marseille harbour terminal (Lanoire-Courrian and Poggi, architects); the Hoenheim tram terminal in Strasbourg (Zaha Hadid, architect), etc.
Parking/Living: the Salzburg shopping centre in Austria (Massimiliano Fuksas, architect); the Amsterdam parking complex in the Netherlands (NL architects); the Oita agricultural centre car park in Japan (Toyo Ito, architect), etc.
Cohabitation/Coexistence: the new Stuttgart station in Germany (Ingenhoven Overdiek, architects), the Shanghai intermodal station in China (Arep, architecture); Courtyard of the 50 Hostages in Nantes (Fortier and Rota, architects), etc.
Crossing/Access: La Granja escalator at Toledo in Spain (José Antonio Martinez Lapena, architect); Bercy-Tolbiac Bridge in Paris (Feichtinger architects); Flon intermodal station at Lausanne in Switzerland (Bernard Tschumi architect).

200 colour pages (17X24); 30 Euros, bilingual French-English, published by the City of the Move Institute, editor Francis Rambert, distribution Actar


Tour of the exhibition in 2003
A Chinese version of the exhibition is touring China: in Shanghai from 21 to 30 April, then in Beijing, Wuhan, Chengdu, Chongqing and Canton.
Two presentations of the bilingual French-English exhibition are touring in France and Europe: Lisbon in April and May, Rotterdam from May to July, Oslo in September and October, Thessalonica in October; and Bordeaux at the Arc en Rêve architecture centre in June, Lyon at the Rhônes-Alpes Maison de l’Architecture from October to December.


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