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Architect Collectives and the Educational

6 février 2022

Architect Collectives and the Coproduction of Places in the
“Grey Zones” of Urban Development Planning: The Educational
Institution as a Mediation Framework


Observation shows that the story of the ICI collective’s actions in the neighborhood and at the school is just as important as the physical imprint left by the objects built there [40]. The process left a lasting impression on the children and residents. After the end of the construction site, the storytelling continued and was repeated and appropriated beyond the initial participating group. It was the starting point of a new communal culture in the neighborhood with the school’s reputation at its center. This can be measured through two noteworthy observations: the project gave the school a new identity as a dynamic feature of the neighborhood where children could thrive, thus making it more desirable. It cut short the high teacher turnover rates and slowed the family exodus from the neighborhood.

Jodelle Zetlaoui-Léger, Elise Macaire, Céline Tcherkassky

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