Lacaton and Vassal: Free Space

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Cornell in Rome Spring 2019 Lecture Series

Anne Lacaton was born in France in 1955. She graduated from the School of Architecture of Bordeaux in 1980 and has been a visiting professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Harvard GSD, and Delft University of Technology. Since 2017, she has been a professor at ETH Zürich.

Jean Philippe Vassal was born in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1954. He graduated from the School of Architecture of Bordeaux in 1980 and worked as an urban planner in Niger from 1980 to 1985. He has been a visiting professor at Universität Düsseldorf, Berlin University of Technology, and at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Since 2012, he has been a professor at Universität der Künste Berlin.

Lacaton and Vassal's office is based in Paris and has an international practice, working on various programs of public buildings, housing, and urban planning. The main works completed by the office include the FRAC in Dunkerque, France; the Palais de Tokyo in Paris; and sites for contemporary creation including the architecture school in Nantes and the Café of the Architektur Zentrum in Vienna. The studio also worked on the transformation of modernist social housing estates, including Tour Bois le Prêtre in Paris and Cité du Grand Parc, Bordeaux; and a number of housing projects in France such as the House Latapie, Bordeaux; the House in the Trees on Arcachon Bay, France; the "Cité Manifeste" in Mulhouse, France; and social housing and student housing in Paris. Currently under construction is a housing high-rise of 100 dwellings in Geneva.

All the projects are based on a principle of generosity and economy, serving the life, the uses, and the appropriation with the aim of changing the standard.

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Lacaton Vassal Website