Judith Hopf

Druot, Lacaton & Vassal’s renovation of Tour Bois-le-Prêtre, 2011, Paris. Photo: Infofd/Wikicommons.

1 “DRUOT, LACATON & VASSAL: TRANSFORMATION OF A 1960S RESIDENTIAL HIGH-RISE” (DEUTSCHES ARCHITEKTURMUSEUM, FRANKFURT; CURATED BY ILKA AND ANDREAS RUBY WITH SOMETHING FANTASTIC) The materials displayed in this show documented the refurbishment of a typical Paris banlieue. Many of these high-rises were designed by the first generation of postwar architects in the 1960s but were later destroyed by careless, market-driven upgrades that tended to disregard the structures’ original aims. When French architects Anne Lacaton, Jean-Philippe Vassal, and Frédéric Druot renovated the Tour Bois-le-Prêtre building in 2011, however, they raised the stakes in efforts to improve living conditions in suburban social housing. According to the trio, residential public housing can achieve a degree of comfort and quality equal to that of luxury buildings: It is a matter of never demolishing, subtracting,

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