The Festival des Architectures Vives is an architectural path for the general public, who can discover or rediscover the historical landmarks of the city of Montpellier since 2006 and the city of La Grande Motte since 2013. The event invites visitors to go in contact this rich heritage by offering installations scattered around the city. In Montpellier, it takes place in the historic town and offers a path connecting mansions and courtyards, mostly private, that are usually not visible to visitors.
Emotion: noun. Emotional reaction, abrupt and temporary, pleasant or painful, often accompanied by physical demonstrations.
Extract of the definition of the 9th Edition of the Dictionary of the French Academy
Architecture is part of everyone's environment, it constitutes the built framework in which it is possible to evolve, to grow, learn, love, tear… to live. Receptacle of our emotions, it constitutes the framework of it but also its possible activation. Le Corbusier during a discussion with students in architecture said: “Architecture is a thing of art, a phenomenon of the emotions, lying outside questions of construction and beyond them. The purpose of construction is TO MAKE THINGS HOLD TOGETHER; of architecture TO MOVE US. Architectural emotion exists when the work rings within us in tune with a universe whose laws we obey, recognize and respect.” We understand that Architecture can’t be sum up as a simple technical or programmatic issue regarding the standards even if it has always been the prerequisite. Architecture and architects ability is to bring an additional layer thanks to the handling of space, materials, light in order to create emotion. Architecture, thanks to the architects’ interventions, joins together not only the physical environment but also the mental space, building the wellness conditions.
So, architecture is able to create emotion in fields that we are going to explore during this new edition of the Festival des Architectures Vives. Each proposed installation will be able to to create an emotion, a positive or a negative one. We will find, quite, happiness, sadness, surprise, fear… This emotion will be created by the link between the ephemeral installation and the power of the intervention site. Ephemeral offers the possibility to show the potency of each experience that will be offered to the spectator. Once again, the festival aims to show that architecture is able to transcend a place and is a capital gain necessary in the construction of our environment. By experiment the projects, visitors are going to obtain the conviction that architecture acts on our way of living together. The lively architectures will reveal at the same time, the existing patrimony emotional potency and the power of their proper strength.
Le CORBUSIER, Towards a new architecture, John Rodker, 1931
FAV is free and open to all.
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