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id eaea2015_t2_paper06
authors Iliou, Romain
year 2015
title Modernity and School Architecture of the Thirties in France. A Complex Parenthesis of Progress and Hope Today Vanished
source ENVISIONING ARCHITECTURE: IMAGE, PERCEPTION AND COMMUNICATION OF HERITAGE [ISBN 978-83-7283-681-6],Lodz University of Technology, 23-26 September 2015, pp.177-185
summary From the analysis of the project of preservation and rehabilitation of the “groupe scolaire” Karl Marx (1932) in Villejuif designed by André Lurçat, it was possible to bring into light the existence of a corpus of homogenous constructions, which unfortunately did not receive a fair recognition until today. It consists in a group of elementary schools – nursery and primary – designed and built during the 1929 -1939 decade, located in close Paris’ suburb, and among which most of them keep their original purpose today. Regrettably, their vicissitudes altered their image and actual perception, and consequently their meaning escapes us, their importance, what they can communicate to us as testimonies of a period of strong ideological conflicts, where the claimed modernity of these buildings seemed to announce the freeing of the man from class struggle. The aims of this study are to question about the value of this heritage, to try to bring out its meaning and to envision which would be the mechanisms that should allow modifying its actual blurred and wrong perception.
keywords school architecture history; preservation of architectural heritage; Paris’ suburb development
series EAEA
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