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School's Out! #36 with Francois Decoster

Friday 27 October 2023, 18:00 - 22:00

Can architecture be more than parachuting shiny objects into the city? Francois Decoster believes so. Not the object or its iconography is the object of his fascination, but the city as a living organism of forms, spaces, shapes and people, in which architecture should be precisely inserted. His office, L’AUC, finds urbanity anywhere, not just in the precious inner cities, but also in the post war banlieues and the post-industrial wastelands on the edges of the metropolis. Their mission is to understand the contemporary city, through architecture.

François will talk about L’AUC's work with a focus on their long-term project Lyon Part-Dieu, the regeneration and development of the business district from the 1960-1970s and the Lyon metropolitan hub. 

Next to his talk, you can expect drinks, bites and a short movie handpicked by AFFR curator Jord den Hollander. Doors open at 18:00, lecture starts at 19:00.


18:00 - 19:00 Doors open, drinks, bites and tunes
19:00 - 20:00 Talk by Francois Decoster + Q&A
20:00 - 20:30 Short film, selected by Jord den Hollander
20:30 - 22:00 Drinks, bites and tunes

About L'AUC
L’AUC is a Paris-based international architecture and urbanism firm founded in 1996. The design office operates at all scales of urban design, including strategic, territorial, and local planning, urban studies, development projects and urban regeneration. In their approach architecture is seen as a way to understand the city and create new attractive points and clusters within the existing urban fabric. The office has won different prices for their innovative practice, for instance the Palmarès National des Jeunes Urbanistes in 2005. L’AUC was one of the ten teams commissioned for the ‘Grand Paris’ competition launched by the French government in 2008. Recent projects on the productive city involve a research by design trajectory for the IABR-2016 projectatelier Rotterdam and the urban regeneration project for Fives Cail Babcock where a disused factory site was transformed into a mixed zone for housing, economic and public facilities.