7th edi­tion of Agora : world of ar­chi­tec­ture meets in Bordeaux

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The city's cul­tural pro­gram ‘Paysages’ echoes the pro­gram de­vel­oped by the 7th edi­tion of Agora, the bi­en­nial cel­e­brat­ing ar­chi­tec­ture, ur­ban­ism and de­sign tak­ing place from Septem­ber 15-25.

AGORA was first launched in 2004 re­flect on the pro­found changes in Bordeaux since 1995. Agora has three ob­jec­tives. First, to weigh in on the na­tional and Euro­pean de­bate on the fu­ture of cities. Sec­ond, to put out a call for ideas that al­lows the city to as­sist the po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion­mak­ing process. 'Lastly, quite sim­ply, Agora is the il­lus­tra­tion of Bordeaux's ur­ban plan for the last twenty years,' said Michèle Laruë-char­lus, gen­eral di­rec­tor of Agora and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of ur­ban plan­ning in Bordeaux.

'In less than a quar­ter of a cen­tury, the phys­iog­nomy of Bordeaux has pro­foundly evolved... where na­ture is meant to be present,' said Juppé. 'En­trusted to renowned de­sign­ers, the veg­e­ta­tion on the Left Bank, the cur­tain of green­ery formed by the Botan­i­cal Gar­dens and Angéliques park on the Right Bank are tes­ti­mony to this.'

Since its in­cep­tion, Agora has gained in in­ter­na­tional pop­u­lar­ity, at­tract­ing in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pants and an in­ter-gen­er­a­tional au­di­ence, in­clud­ing fam­i­lies with chil­dren. Its ap­proach to ur­ban plan­ning and ar­chi­tec­ture, and ques­tions fac­ing ur­ban­ism today, in­volves theatre, vis­ual arts, pho­tog­ra­phy, lit­er­a­ture, and de­bate.

'I al­ways in­sist on the fact that the land­scape is not only 'nat­u­ral' but also au­ral, ol­fac­tory, in­te­rior, fig­u­ra­tive, rein­vented...,' said Bas Smets, the Brus­sels-based ar­chi­tect and land­scape en­gi­neer and com­mis­sioner for the 2017 edi­tion of Agora.

The main venue is Han­gar 14 in the cen­tre of Bordeaux, but there are events and ex­hi­bi­tions through­out the city. The work­sites of ur­ban projects un­der con­struc­tion will be open to the pub­lic. There will also be a se­lec­tion of in­ter­est­ing events ex­plor­ing ur­ban gardening: seed ex­change, col­lec­tive gar­dens, a ver­ti­cal chicken house, a veg­etable gar­den on the Place de la Bourse, and a project on the quays in­volv­ing 2,000 to­mato plants. In­ter­na­tional part­ner­ships this year, are with Ge­or­gia and Bo­gota in Colom­bia. Agora awards five prizes: in the cat­e­gories of ar­chi­tec­ture, de­sign, ideas, as­so­ci­a­tions, and video. Con­tact the Bordeaux Tourist Of­fice for events dur­ing your stay or go to www.agorabor­deaux.fr

PHOTO RODOLPHE ESCHER PHOTO D.R. PHOTO BART DEWAELE PHOTO PABLO REINOSO

1 -Lu­cas Bel­vaux at the Utopia Cin­ema. 2 - Model of the Agora ex­hi­bi­tion in Han­gar 14. 3 -The ar­chi­tect Bas Smets, com­mis­sioner of Agora 2017. 4 -The ‘Spaghetti Bench‘ by Pablo Reinoso. 1

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