Habiter au XXIe siècle les édifices des années 1950-1970 [Living in the buildings of the 1950s and 1970s in the 21st century]
Multi-annual research program 2016-2020
General presentation of the research program

The built heritage inherited from the 20th century, more particularly that built after 1945, constitutes a major part of the fabric of our cities. It presents a great typological and constructive diversity which makes it possible to envisage multiple adaptation, transformation, restoration, recycling and reuse strategies. It is an important source of energy savings, but it is also a land, spatial and economic, identity and cultural resource, which can be mobilized by the various players in architecture and development.

The research program “Habiter au XXIe siècle les édifices des années 1950-1970” aims to bring out innovative intervention strategies and adapted project processes, which would provide meaningful responses to large societal challenges posed by global change and the issue of ecological transition.

This research program of the Ministry of Culture is carried out jointly with the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition and the Ministry of Territorial Cohesion in connection with the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, the Social Union for Housing, the National Agency for Urban Renewal and the Urbanism Construction Architecture Plan (REHA program).

It follows the contours of the state policy in favor of the sustainable development of cities and territories and aims to support research projects that question the capacity of 20th century architecture to make the city sustainable and to integrate the challenges the adaptation, transformation, restoration and enhancement of an architectural and urban heritage that constitutes the essential of our living environment.

It responds to priority issues of the Ministry of Culture as stated in the national strategy for architecture (SNA) which identifies the existing building as a priority area of ​​intervention for professionals in the development and living environment; the LCAP law which establishes, with the label “remarkable contemporary architecture”, a process of recognition of the most emblematic values ​​of this architecture and a follow-up of its transformations; Finally, the multi-annual heritage strategy which highlights the necessary development of training for professionals in the heritage fields to take greater account of the new challenges of revitalizing territories, sustainable development and mediation with the public.

The program has two components:

– Component 1 “Capitalization of knowledge, promotion of experiences” gave rise to three calls for projects in 2016 (5 winning teams), 2017 (3 winning teams) and 2018 (5 winning teams).
– Component 2 “Experimentation” gave rise to a call for projects in 2019 (6 winning teams).

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