Jean Nouvel: plea for an architecture which reflects human dignity.
In this interview, which lasts nine minutes, Jean Nouvel denounces the “planned chaos” of “autistic buildings”, the mono-functional entities which constitute the industrial zones set up in the suburbs and makes an appeal for a societal role for architecture to save human dignity.
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For more than 20 years, the Belgian architect Francis Metzger, MA2 , has been busy restoring remarkable buildings. Among his completed projects are the Empain mansion, the Solvay Library and the work of Victor Horta such as the Autrique house and Brussels Central station. Other buildings are being restored such as the Astoria hotel and the Brussels Palais de Justice [law courts]. All these projects are part of the history of architecture and have gone through a dark period. These major works have over the years lost their identity. Some of them have almost disappeared. Visit MA² website