Festival des Architectures Vives 2018


Submission Deadline

Architecture December 1, 2017

Please note that this competition has expired and is for reference only. See our active listings for competitions.

The Festival des Architectures Vives is an architectural festival that features ephemeral projects created by young architects to help attendees to discover or (re) discover emblematic sites in Montpellier.

For the 13th edition, the Festival des Architectures Vives in Montpellier will take place from 12 to 17 June, 2018 under the thematic SENcity.


—To realize 10 interventions for the FAV Montpellier

SENcity questions the massive contribution of new technologies and their impact on the city by taking into account the new modes of management, governance and constitution of contemporary cities.

Cities use more and more technologies to make them more efficient in energy management and transport, but also to offer better services to citizens. They become living laboratories where it is possible to experiment with new devices. The increasing availability of data related to the implementation of multiple sensors and flows creates new opportunities; not only in monitoring but also in the way we draw, think and live in the city. Thus what is today called “smart city” seems to be a necessary reflection to regulate the city of tomorrow. But the fundamental question is not to make cities “smart,” because this would mean that some are not, but rather to raise the level of exchange, networks, energy efficiency, access to culture, health and education for all. The city is smart not because it is technological, it is intelligent if it is able to increase its level of services to citizens and re-examine the modalities of its own governance, thanks to new technologies. Through this it is the question of Living Together in a contemporary metropolis that is posed. To do this, we must experiment with innovative urban devices. The stakes of the public space, spaces of meetings are at the heart of the concerns. It becomes more sensitive, more humane and more conducive to exchanges and encounters. The “big data” thus comes to the service of the inhabitants and citizens, repositioning the man at the center of the subject.

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