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Press kit - Press release - Call for submissionsFestival des Architectures Vives 2014 La Grande Motte - Association Champ Libre - Festival des Architectures Vives (FAV)

Press Kit | no. 982-12

Call for submissions
Festival des Architectures Vives 2014 La Grande Motte

La Grande-Motte, France

Association Champ Libre - Festival des Architectures Vives (FAV)

La Grande-Motte, France, 2013-09-18 -  On the occasion of the 2nd Festival des Architectures Vives in La Grande Motte, the association Champ Libre sends a call for submissions in order to realize 7 interventions in the La Grande Motte Festival. A second call for submissions is sent in the same time for the interventions in the Montpellier Festival.

The Festival des Architectures Vives has innovated last year by launching first edition in the city of La Grande Motte. This novelty was a real success and, strong with the craze revealed by this city, we decide to continue but also to enlarge the festival for a second edition. Going from the historical center to a contemporary heritage, it will be possible to discover new unexpected territories. A lot of people know La Grande Motte but how many actually visit it? This city has received the «Patrimoine du XXe siècle » label from the Culture and Communication Ministry and was the first seaside city to obtain it. A dialogue between architecture between this contemporary heritage and short-lived installations will be set up, allowing people to discover spaces unsuspected in this city. Jean Balladur, architect of La Grande Motte wanted his architecture to reveal its time. In agreement with this vision, the installations will reveal in those chosen places, the value of their history while positioning them in a very real contemporaneousness. To see, to revise, but especially to discover through another look, will be the ambition of the Festival des Architectures Vives in La Grande Motte.

So, Grande Motte FAV’s objective is to make the inhabitants discover, during the festival, revisited places for their city and, thanks to creator teams intervention which will present a specific work to every place – to reveal an intimate relationship between contemporary architecture, installation and patrimonial site. Finally, in order to invent, thanks to the seaside position of the city, new floating architecture, creating new landscapes in La Grande Motte.


The Festival des Architectures Vives wishes to answer to the evolution of architectural practice which by integrating all the domains related to its culture, does not hesitate any more to assert itself through realizations. The Lively Architectures are short-lived and evolutionary by nature; each time localized, registered in a short temporality and thought for a specific place.

Like augmented reality, they add, transform, reveal a forgotten and invisible space or on the contrary too exposed. Respectful of their environment, they change it in an inhabited environment where the past, the present and even the future are one. The Lively Architectures create an environment where the imagination of each and everyone is possible

Refusing the unchanging, during the festival they question our everyday environment. Targeting a large audience, they offer a sensory adventure, an unconventional glance. They position themselves as a revelator. The Lively Architectures are objects of desire, envy and simply wish to find the sense of the pleasure of the place, the city, to offer the sensitive and the tactile, to reposition the Man in the heart of the architecture.

For this 2nd edition of the Festival des Architectures Vives in La Grande Motte, the chosen places are in adequacy with the city. They will permit to feel the urban diversity and wealth of the city. From the docks to the heart of the Janicaud Fountain, continuing toward the sea to venture in some floating docks. But it is also in a real urban space near the big buildings designed by Jean Balladur, that the lively architectures will give some rhythm to a real urban tour. Here, the specificity is the proper dimention of the public space which will be the privileged spot of their setting-up.

Every year, the festival is visited by a large public and in 2013 with the Montpellier and the La Grande Motte editions, not less than 12 000 people.


Festival 2014 thematic:

Sensuality (noun): Attachment to sensual pleasures. Living with sensuality. Being immersed in sensuality. Low sensuality. Drink with sensuality, Drinking with pleasure.
Defining 8TH Edition Dictionary of the Académie Française

It is hard to separate architecture of the idea of sensuality, because architecture is primarily material, space, light, color and it necessarily involves the senses. Exceeding the cliché where the architecture would exclusively be "the art of building" as evoked by Vitruvius or a simple technical answer, programmatic, and even today embodied by a series of standards, labels, which would tend to codify the name of a desire for sustainability. The architecture and the city can be reduced to a few standardized solutions. The architecture is much more than that. Building a future vision on architecture and redefine the terms of its relationship to man and the environment from the evocation of sensuality seems to be a fundamental issue. It should then be able to go beyond this simple fact and produce, invent, innovate ... We seek to reveal, for this new edition, all sensual part that bears architecture. The notion of ephemeral associated with these iconic locations is quite conducive to the demonstration to everyone that the architecture is able to offer this "attachment to sensual pleasure." The ability to provide pleasure found in space and locations is, in a way to rediscover the city.

Sensuality, theme at the heart of the second edition of the FAV, gives the opportunity to reveal a place. Moved by the joy of discovery or rediscovery, for the wonder of places and situations, are expectations in the Festival des Architectures Vives.


The consultation is opened to young architects and landscape architects. The objective is to promote the young architecture creation.

Files must reach us by e-mail to PDF format at the following address:

Thank you to specify in the mail title « 2014 FAV applications La Grande Motte ».
Submissions candidatures have to be sent by one PDF file (maximum 10 Mo) or they will be rejected.


Submission file of the team, filled according to the example. (Mandatory)
Team presentation with Curriculum Vitae of every member (Mandatory) – 1 A4 format by member
Imagery references of architectural realizations, installations, competition (Mandatory)
Note of intention towards the Festival des Architectures Vives of La Grande Motte and about theme Sensuality. That note of about one page must explain the concept of the project. An image can be included into the note. (Mandatory)

The results of the selection will be announced in January 2014. A file presenting in detail theme and technical constraints connected to the conception of an intervention (ground, exhibition, visitors, proposition of setting-up presence…) will be sent to the selected candidates. Nevertheless, the exhibition places can be chosen among those which are presented on the website where you can download pictures.

The team selection will be made only with this application file.


Applications files have to be receipted before the: December 4, 2013 at midnight, French Time
(GMT / date of emission of email as attested.)


The festival will take place from the 21th to the 29th of June 2014. The construction of every installation will take place from the 16th, by the team herself.

The deadline for the projects is in February 28th, 2014. It will be possible to visit the sites during a tour organized in January.

A subsidy of 1 000,00 € TTC will be assigned to each of the 7 realized projects. A book of the 2nd edition presenting the realizations will be published at the end of the year 2014.

The city of La Grande Motte wishing to set up a collection in the city of Festival des Architectures Vives's facilities , will select between 2 and 3 facilities and will keep it permanently in the city. In 2013, the pavilion directed by David Hamerman architect and installation of Decode Agency have been preserved and are visible to date in the city.

Constraints: facilities will take place by the sea and in the public space, they must take into account the climate and the possibility of strong wind conditions.


All the questions must be sent by email to Association Champ Libre:
@ :
website :
Facebook : architectures.vives
Twitter : @FAV_34

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