Bordeaux J'Adore

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
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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