- Principal, Lacaton & Vassal Architects -

The Civic Imagination Series welcomes Anne Lacaton. Lacaton & Vassal Architects was established in Paris in 1987 by Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal. The practice has been influential in rethinking the political economy of architecture in the contemporary city, where new strategies of adaptation and retrofit suggest a new role for design that is less about the new and more about the repurposed. A connecting thread across their work is the desire to find what is essential in each situation and to create a modest language of architecture based on an economy of means. They are well know for their interventions in important art and cultural institutions, such as the Palais de Tokyo, Documenta 12, the School of Architecture in Nantes and the FRAC Museum at Dunkirk, France. Their work on housing on the periphery of Paris has advanced the debate on urban informality, design and everyday practices, and the social economic of housing.

Guatemalan tamales by Doña Luba.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015 // noon
Visual Arts @ SME 402


Event is part of the 2014-2015 Civic Imagination Series, a collaboration between the Center for Urban Ecologies in the Visual Arts Department, the UC San Diego Center on Global Justice and the BLUM Cross-Border Initiative. 





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Anne Lacaton
Principal, Lacaton & Vassal Architects

Teddy Cruz
Professor, Department of Visual Arts
UC San Diego

Fonna Forman
Associate Professor of Political Science
UC San Diego


Photo of Anne Lacaton.



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