Chronicle | The Attali report, or the revival of Utopias?

In a guided analysis of the Attali report, the architect and urban planner Jean Magerand assumes the role of Candide; It does not address the problems that are annoying because it is the working method and the areas of design, environment and construction, in the broad sense, that have taken its attention. A useful model? Prospective chronicle. Continue reading

Chronicle | From academicism to foresight

Why a prospective and architecture section? Because we must respond to an expectation too long dissatisfied, because we suffer from a time that is polarizes especially on the present and the short term and so little on the future, and because, more simply, we like to look at the distant future the Eyes in the eyes. Prospective chronicle of Jean Magerand and Claire Bailly. Continue reading

Chronicle | Foresight as a tool for analyzing a "modernity-true"

What quality (s) for the Branly Museum of Jean Nouvel with regard to essential values constituting the new culture in the process of establishing itself in our civilization? In the field of architecture, the world of ideas would remain blind to the transformations of the contemporary world? Prospective chronicle of Jean Magerand. Continue reading

Chronicle | What are future architects dreaming about?

When we talk about foresight, what could be more normal than to evoke the rising generation of architects. I have chosen to present five students diplômables among those who have enrolled in the "prospective group" which I animate at the School of Architecture of Paris-la-Villette. Prospective chronicle of Jean Magerand.

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Chronicle | Will high environmental quality (HQE) kill architecture?

The recent Grand Prix of Architecture, Rudy Ricciotti, has blasted the new HQE standards, insisting that architects will be bridled in their creativity. According to him, over-insulations and removals of thermal bridges will bundle the architectural hardware in their binding and unsightly coat. Prospective chronicle of Jean Magerand.

This column was first published on CyberArchi on September 20, 2007

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Chronicle | A true modernity… Why not?

Promoting a forward-looking speech requires constant attention to anything that can significantly influence the evolution of contemporary thought. In history, the future often begins with an evil-being in the present, whose symptoms are only discerned, most of the time harmful, without being able to perceive neither the causes nor the mechanisms.

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Chronicle | Prospective Chronicle

Working and expressing oneself on foresight inevitably leads to a critical look at our contemporary ways of doing and thinking. Foresight disturbs the conformism and therefore requires, to express itself fully, a medium of free expression. Also, when Christophe Leray asked us to open a forward looking section in the architect's mail we did not hesitate. Continue reading

Chronicle | To urban hyper-density?

Difficult to define precisely what will be the nature of our living environment for tomorrow because our time, like that of the late 19th century, brings together all paradoxical situations. Will the very high urban density, predictable, be compatible with human activity and the balance of the planet? Prospective chronicle of Jean Magerand. Continue reading

Chronicle | Emmanuel Natchitz: ICT City needs competent specialists

Making life easier in the city with new methods? Since September 2010, it is the goal of the new master specialized URBANTIC launched by the School of Engineering of the city of Paris (E.I.V.P.) soon joined by the Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech. A training based on an observation: new knowledge can improve the quality of life in the city. Prospective chronicle.

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Chronicle | When Utopia and operational techniques rub shoulders

A prospective debate worthy of the name is fed alternatively of theoretical, practical and utopian substances. Today we present a fragment of the manifest text accompanying the project of bio-Digital City presented in the competition ' D3 Natural System '. The objective of this international competition was to propose architectural, territorial or urban devices designed to the articulation between nature and the artificial. Continue reading

Chronicle | Post-History of Architecture: the digital revolution

"In France, we killed the fine arts system, but we did not kill a modernity that was sometimes a little academic," says Antoine Picon *, a Harvard professor. "Technological change first corresponds to a cultural change, otherwise the technology remains isolated and does not interest anyone," he says. Three-part meeting * *.

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Toward HyperLandscap

MAGERAND Jean, MORTAMAIS Elizabeth, towards Hyperpayson, L'Harmattan, 2009, Cites Collection Technologies Prospective, 258 p.   Cover four: Any societal organization interferes with the natural environment and generates landscape. The apparently unnatural collaboration of the computer and ecology is very coherent. What is the reference to the representation of this hypercomplex nature that reveals to us the life sciences and the information? What are the possible impacts on the management and interpretation of the territories? What landscapes emerge?

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The Biodigital City-International Workshop and Research seminar from July 19 to 28, 2012

Technologies, cultural trends and lifestyles:
The new technologies that can be integrated into the city, in the long term, are those that accompany the human tendencies and desires of the inhabitants, without creating additional constraints on the way of life. Yet they will not fail to influence
Lifestyles. Here are some non-exhaustive themes that will be at the heart of the workshop's reflection.

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Context and problem

Grand Paris is a growing metropolis whose ambitious objectives of intensification in terms of activity, services and housing are a key issue. The Law on greater Paris provides for the construction of 70 000 annual dwellings to accommodate about 50 000 people a year. As in many metropolises, this growth poses the problem of urban sprawl: can we continue to expand the urban footprint, build new neighbourhoods on peripheral rural areas to welcome the growing population and Participate in the sprawl of agricultural land that is used to feed the same population? The 10 teams of architects and planners consulted in 2008 to draw the possible future of the Grand Paris all agreed on the need to build as much as possible the city on the city.
The time of the new cities is over and the greater Paris will maximize the intensification of the existing city. However, some non-urbanized territories are going to be strategically made by the development of the public transport network and will welcome new neighbourhoods. In this context, it is essential to devise new ways of urbanization that are capable of preserving the natural areas and agricultural land as much as possible while intensifying the city.


The workshop is part of a prospective approach that aims to imagine a future by confronting the realities and trends of evolution of the territory, lifestyles and technologies. In relation to the above-mentioned problem, the objective will be to test the hypothesis of a
Hyper-collective city consisting of urban units of 5000 inhabitants.
A hyper-dense urban planning offering flexible and high quality lifestyles that allow you to live and live by saving the agricultural surface. Urban units will be conceived on the premise that digital, robotics and biological technologies, which are now germs, can soon be generalized and fully integrated into lifestyles.
In this context, new technologies could maximise and optimise spaces and uses, and solve in real time the problems of urban management, food, environmental impact, recycling and energy saving. The various projects will be implemented in the strategic sites of the greater Paris where are at stake questions of economy of space, preservation of resources, connectivity to networks.


  • Claire Bailly-Jean Magerand: Biodigital presentation
  • Prof. Seugman Baek: Seoul Renaissance; Seoul for the Future
  • Armand Béhar: Imaginary Worlds
  • Bertrand Lemoine: Presentation of the Grand Paris context
  • Roland Vidal: Agriculture, landscape and food governance
  • Angel Talamona: Instant mobile social networks and urban mobility
  • André Fleury: Agriculture projects
  • Claire Bailly-Jean Magerand: Contemporary Issues
  • Pierre-Yvon Carnoy: Public spaces and digital spaces, writings and interpretations
  • Elodie Gerard: BIM and 3d in an architectural agency
  • Eve Ross: Collaborative model
  • Emmanuel Natchitz: Urban and ICT engineering
    Young professionals involved throughout the workshop: Eun Sook BAE, Cédric BLEMAND, Thomas Fier, Marie VADECARD, Thomas ZEDIN