Gallery opening L'éloge de la méthode

vernissage expo eloge de la methode

We thank all those who made the friendship to attend the opening of the exhibition Auteuil (Praise of the method) at the City of Architecture and Heritage. Marie-Christine Labourdette, President of the City and Francis Rambert, Director of the City, give us the opportunity to put into perspective the specific approach to the operation of the Gare d’Auteuil.





Auteuil exhibits at the City of Architecture & Heritage / Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Architecture

Anne Demians, Francis Soler, Rudy Ricciotti, Finn Geipel, architects, with Louis Benech, landscape. Four architects, two owners, a general contractor, for one purpose: to build the city through housing.

The exhibition Praise of the Method puts into perspective the specific approach of the operation of the Gare d’Auteuil.

Unique urban piece, in line with the experiments that have marked the history of housing in France and fruit of an international competition launched by the City of Paris in 2008, this operation is carried out by a “collective of authors” consisting of four architects and a landscape architec t: Anne Demians, Francis Soler, Rudy Ricciotti, Finn Geipel and Louis Benech.

By opting for the fragmentation of the volumes built, the architects accentuated the crossing character of the operation and brought the possibility of real casting green. Departing from the local plan of urban planning that required alignment, they offered another device, more permeable to views and breathing, in a project that also meets the density requirements of the contemporary city.

The challenge of this exhibition is to put into perspective a specific approach that is in line with the experiments that have marked the history of housing in France. The success of this project makes it a landmark that the Platform for Architectural Design has chosen to present as part of its “Laboratory Housing. This first project monograph also opens a new meeting, the collection of “Portraits of Architecture.” »

Exhibition from April 19th to September 15th 2019.

Les Pop Conf' Spring 2019


Born in March 2016, La Pop houseboat is an artistic incubator and citizen, a place of residence, research and experimentation. Its mission is to accompany – by hosting artistic teams in residence – the spectacle factory where the sound material, the musical object are at the heart of the creation process. The Pop Conf ‘are appointments which gather most often an expert scientist and an artist around a question that is a priori trivial, but which concerns everyone, and whose answer is far from obvious. For a little over an hour, the speakers explore a theme related to the sound and / or musical world and go around the issue. Animated by the musicologist, editor of The Letter of the Musician and author Antoine Pecqueur, these appointments refer to the pop philosophy, concept and approach initiated by the philosopher Gilles Deleuze. Thus the speakers never deal with specialized subjects, reserved for specialists, but essentially multidisciplinary questions that concern the general public. Spaces for meetings and debates, these Pop Conf ‘bring together two looks, often complementary and carried by a process of research, that of the artist and that of the scientist. Monday, March 25 at 19:30, Frédéric Hocquard, deputy at the Paris City Hall In charge of the nightlife and the diversity of the cultural economy, Brigitte Métra, architect, Anne Démians, architect and Jean-Paul Lamoureux, acoustician will debate around the theme CAN A CITY SCULPT ITS SOUND IDENTITY?


BTP Morning #51 Transformation of offices into housing – Paris

Transformation of offices into housing : what are the stakes and prospects for the French market ?

BTP Consultants teams invited Anne Demians to this new edition of the Mornings BTP to expose her experiences.

In the space of twenty years, barely 45,000 m² of office space has been converted into apartments in the Ile-de-France Region, or around 350 housing units a year. The government has made this observation a strong component of the Loi Élan by encouraging and simplifying this transformation to try to reach the 500 000 m² transformed by 2022 in the Paris region.

This edition will provide a broad overview of major topics around this issue of transformation of offices into housing :

  • What is the framework offered by the Elan Law and what legal and regulatory aspects around these transformations?

  • What feedback can we draw from the first projects realized?

  • What about the reversible construction and temporary transformations

  • What are the pitfalls to avoid?

  • The round table takes place on Friday, March 22, 2019 from 8:30 to 11h at Cercle Lebrun 47 rue Cardinal Lemoine in Paris.


EnerJ-meeting 2019 – Le manifeste

On February 7th, the 3rd edition of EnerJ-meeting was held, attended by Anne Demians

The content of the conferences is in a reference book “Manifesto” summarizing all the interventions on the theme “building 2020, regulation and trends “. This book is at your disposal in electronic format and in free access and distribution

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3rd edition EnerJmeeting Paris 2019

Anne Démians presented an exemplary feedback of experience on the issues of multipurpose and adaptive buildings, building on her work and the projects realized or in progress of the agency. RETURNS OF EXPERIENCES

Talking about energy efficiency and reducing your carbon footprint, when you’re trying to build, is always a delicate subject, especially if you support the efficiency of the constructions that are projected from real returns. Many people attest, without certification of convenience, that the objectives would actually be achieved, after we were sold to them as a real social project, the feedback is a palpable value on which we can base Logical suites of well-made constructions. It is a question of contributing, for us, architects, to the fact of better building, while specifying that if we do not build well, we could start with less build, not even build at all, in certain situations, hoping to put an end to this constructive hysteria leading to the diffusion of too much carbon into the atmosphere.

So, in order not to disrupt the economic or political balances put in place by the building industry, we will contribute to making people aware of the corrections to be made to them. My participation since 2010 in the RBR 2020 group is in a fight against real estate production that consumes too much energy, but not only. Carbon, now seen through the spectrum of the E + C label, must reduce its footprint, by changing the production methods of the works and by intervening in the movement of materials and materials around the world. Winner of the first prize BAS CARBONE (EDF) submitted in 2008, I had already been interested in uncontrolled overconsumption. The work of the RBR 2020 group has become a platform to convince builders and public authorities to participate in this radical transformation, which is necessary to move towards fewer greenhouse gas emissions and more renewable energies

It is then that the return of experiences, plays its role. Operational research is us, who carry it with our achievements. And while some argue that it is parametric studies that optimize the energy form of our books, I prefer this intuition, this field experience, the technique and a sensitive synthesis of different constraints to achieve it. All these values ​​which open a real ground to the environment.

The Dunes, in Val de Fontenay, form a real estate complex, built for the Societe Generale, between 2013 and 2017, precisely on these values. It crosses efficient devices: efficient inertia attached to an unusual thickness of structures, lighting spaces made effective by the passive device of buildings based on orientations that will have caused the drawing of a mass plane in open and parallel lines rather than in closed court. Finally, use a synthetic wood on the facades. A product that has already had a first life and reaffirms its reuse

Round table "Strasbourg, an European city"

Anne Demians is invited alongside Jérôme Clément, founder of the French-German television channel, Georges Heintz, urban architect, Robert Herrmann, deputy mayor of Strasbourg, president of Eurométropole de Strasbourg, Alain Kuntzmann, project director for Participatory Housing, Urban Planning, Development and Housing Department, City and Urban Community of Strasbourg, Florence Lipsky, Architect, Alfred Peter, Landscape Architect, Roland Recht, Art Historian and Veit Stratmann, Franco-German artist for the portrait of a city in its configuration today. Beyond its positioning in the debate on major transitions, it is a question of defining the city spirit, its sensitive dimension, its specific identity. Successively German and French at various times, border city, frontal city,

Today European city affirmed, the new identity of Strasbourg is not yet decreed, but was lost by fifty years. How has this metropolis capitalized on this bicultural history that has made it one of the most interesting urban laboratories in France?

Round table at the City of Architecture and Heritage, February 4, 2019 at 19h.

(c) Georges Heintz