20.20 ArchiRès International Symposium, Paris, July 2014

ArchiRès International Symposium, “Documenting the Architecture: Practice, services, tools”, Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris. July 2014

Since our international conference in Oxford, we have rekindled many international links. As a result, I was invited to the 2014 ArchiRès international symposium, “Documenting the Architecture: Practice, services, tools”, hosted by Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine in Paris. I was asked to talk about ARCLIB, its history, activities and future plans. It was an excellent opportunity to see how similar organizations work in other country, with not only the example of ArchiRès, but CNBA in Italy, and AASL in the US. The UK was well represented as Wendy Fish was also there to talk about the RIBA, in good international company.

The International Symposium started on Thursday with an inaugural lecture by Jean-Louis Cohen, followed by presentations on the work of the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, which among other things manages the Franck Lloyd Wright Archive, RIBA, Nederlands Architectuurinstituut and Centre Canadien d’Architecture. It was a very professional conference with simultaneous translators and filming. We received wonderful hospitality, generously funded by the French Ministry of Culture, and French colleagues were very friendly and interested in architecture library practice and education in our countries, and many dialogues started that hopefully will continue to develop in the future.

Although each national group has very different operational structures and funding, we can all learn from each other, and potentially share resources. As Philippe Laux points out in his article below, French architectural education does not take place in departments part of a larger university, but in specialist independent architecture Schools, with a strong connection among themselves. Because of this and the availability of government funding, ArchiRès member institutions have been able to work on a syndicated catalogue, and you might remember the presentation by Philippe Laux at our Oxford conference, about an online portal for Architecture students’ portfolios, something CNBA in Italy is also working on. A big part of the dialogue centred around the possibility of sharing resources internationally, a very appealing prospect, well worth pursuing in this time and age when open source resources are being developed quite prominently in our sector.

Thank you to Philippe Perraudin at Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine for inviting ARCLIB to take part in this dialogue, and thank you to all the ARCLIB colleagues who helped with the research for my presentation, which was based on an earlier paper by Catherine Tranmer. Special thanks also to Sylvia Harris and Norman Ashfield and the ARCLIB Committee.

Report by: Carla Marchesan.

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  • 1). C’est tres jolie! Philippe Perraudin talks to conference delegate in the beautiful reading room of the library at Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine. Inspired by Viollet-le-Duc’s restoration work for the preservation of French Heritage, the vault is decorated by reproductions of medieval paintings 2). RIBA Director of Library Wendy Fish admires the library’s provision for stock expansion in the library at Cité. 3). CNBA Chair Raffaella Inglese just can’t get away from work and borrows an office in the library at Cité.

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  • 1). Cocktail Party with a view on the terrace of Palais de Chaillot. 2). Tools of the trade at the Cité museum. 3).Detail of Corbusier’s Unite d’habitation reconstructed inside the museum at Cité.

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  • Felt like being inside a Remedios Varo painting. Exhibition at Cité
  • All of the above images by Carla Marchesan.



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