City as a Vision

Event:A�The Petropolis of Tomorrow in “City as a Vision” exhibition @ the FRAC Centre
Date:A�September 19, 2014 a��A�February 22, 2015
Venue:A�FRAC Centre, 88 rue du Colombier (EntrA�e bd Rocheplatte) 45000 OrlA�ans

A series of projects from The Petropolis of Tomorrow have been selected to be part of the exhibition a�?City as a Visiona�? at the FRAC Centre.

After World War II, architects refused to follow the diktats of functionalist architecture and engaged in a radical redefinition of the city. By carrying out a precise analysis of the sociological mutations of their times, they created a�?urban systemsa�? capable of globally organising and anticipating new Western lifestyles. Yona Friedman was one of the first to theorize the principles of spatial urban planning on a global scale. His studies on mobility, which he presented at the International Congress of Modern Architecture in 1956, considerably influenced the development of the a�?futurologista�? movement, which spanned the 1960s and of which Michel Ragon became an advocate.Through publications in magazines and as a member of the GIAP (International Group for Prospective Architecture), he shared the many researches carried out on this form of a�?prospectivea�? urban planning: the towns imagined were plastic or organic, aerial or underground, helicoidal or oblique, shaped as arches, hills, or bridges a�� cities of the future that stretched out into gigantic above-ground infrastructures, thus encouraging a free and continuous circulation of people and information.

Through six thematic sections, along with a hundred scale models, drawings, and photomontages, the exhibition focuses on giving an overview of this search for new territories and urban configurations capable of welcoming future city-dwellers. It illustrates how, for this generation of a�?visionariesa�?, experimentation and patenting innovative technical solutions always came hand in hand with the assertion of imagery as a field for creation and anticipation.

The projects presented all answer the necessity to rethink new uses for cities, to generate resources and connect the micro- scale of the individual with the macro-scale of the expanding urban territory. What logics can architects develop to generate or regenerate the contemporary city between local and global scales?

Historical section Prospective section
i??i??i??i??i??i??Archigram- Peter cook, Architecture Principe (Claude Parent a�� Paul Virilio) Archizoom, ChanA�ac, Constant, Justus Dahinden, Domenig + Huth, GA?nther Feuerstein, Yona Friedman, Klaus Gartler & Helmut Rieder, Vittorio Giorgini, James Guitet, GA?nter GA?nschel, Bernhard Hafner, Angela Hareiter, Haus-RA?cker-Co, Pascal HA�usermann, Hans Hollein, Arata Isozaki, Jozef Jankovic, Paul Maymont, MIASTO, Manfredi Nicoletti, Luigi Pellegrin, Charles PA�rA�-Lahaille, Aldo Loris Rossi, Guy Rottier, Jacques Rougerie, Nicolas SchA�ffer, Eckhard Schulze-Fielitz, Paolo Soleri,Alina Slesinska et Eustachy Kossakowski, Superstudio, Pierre SzA�kely, Iannis Xenakis, ZA?nd up

Prospective Section
Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Asymptote Architecture (Hani Rashid + Lise Anne Couture), BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), BNKR Arquitectura, Delhi 2050, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, DOMAIN Office + KAAN Architecten, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Foster + Partners, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Future Cape Town, GRAU, Heatherwick Studio, MAD Architects, NLA�, OMA, Oppenheim Architecture + Design, The Petropolis of Tomorrow, SL Rasch GmbH Special & Lightweight Structures, SNA?HETTA, Urban Think Tank, WOHA

FRAC Centre
88 rue du Colombier (EntrA�e bd Rocheplatte) 45000 OrlA�ans
September 19, 2014 a��A�February 22, 2015
Wednesday to Sunday: 12pm-7pm Late night opening until 8pm every first Thursday of the month
Exceptional Closure: 25th December, 1st January and 1st May


Curators: Marie-Ange Brayer, Emmanuelle Chiapponne-Piriou, AurA�lien Vernant