08.08.2012 - UNESCO Venice Office

2012 AFEX Grand Prix rewards French architecture overseas

© Daniel Rousselot - French Lycée Jean-Mermoz in Dakar (Senegal)

Save the date: 28 August for the second Rencontre Architecture and Literature and the presentation of the 2012 AFEX Grand Prix for French architecture overseas, hosted at Palazzo Zorzi premises of the UNESCO Office in Venice (Italy) and organized on the occasion of the opening of the 13th International Exhibition – Architecture Biennale 2012.

At the Rencontre Architecture & Literature, the French famous writer Jean Rolin will afterwards dialogue with Nelly Breton, Olivier Fraisse (Agence Terre Neuve) and Adam Yédid, winners of the 2012 AFEX Grand Prix for their French High School in Dakar, together with the architects of the prize list present in Venice, including Pierre Clément (Arte Charpentier); Roueïda Ayache (AS.Architecture-Studio); Réda Amalou and Stéphanie Ledoux (AW²); Philippe Chaix (Chaix & Morel); Isabel Van Haute and Thomas Coldéfy (Coldéfy & Partners); Odile Decq (ODBC); Jean Robert Mazaud (S’pace); Marc Mimram; Grégory Bousquet, Olivier Raffaelli and Guillaume Sibaud (Triptyque Architecture); Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières (X-TU).

Madeleine Houbart, AFEX General Secretary and Frédéric Lenne, Director of Architecture Department, AMC Magazine, will chair this Rencontre. Aurélie Filippetti, French Minister of Culture and communication will award the Grand Prix to the winners, Terre Neuve and Adam Yédid.

As part of its activities, since 2010, AFEX French Overseas Architects is organizing, every other year, the AFEX Grand Prix for French architecture overseas to reward a remarkable building constructed abroad by a French architect and to encourage the relationship between architecture and the other arts. In 2010 it highlighted the relation between architecture and photography, this year it makes architecture dialogue with literature.

2012 AFEX Grand Prix for French architecture overseas is organized in partnership with AMC/Le Moniteur Architectures, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine and France Culture, with the support of the French Ministries of Culture and Communications, Foreign and European Affairs, the Institut Français, the Agence pour l'Enseignement Français à l'Etranger and UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe – Venice (Italy).

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