The agency is focusing more and more on the transformation and enhancement of places with high heritage and historical value. While this theme naturally ties in with research on cultural projects, it leads the agency to question abandoned, neglected or marginalized sites, industrial wastelands, vacant or undeveloped sites. The dialogue between past and future is likely to bring out the collective memory of a place.
Who can estimate whether an existing structure, regardless of its aesthetic value, must be conserved-transformed-renovated-valued? Who has the choice to shave, rebuild or expand?
Our historic cities must be renewed with the desire to build a harmonious relationship between old and new, past and future. It is to highlight a context, an existing place avoiding any pastiche or makeup. The architect's mission is to highlight the qualities of a building, through reinterpretation, light rehabilitation or strong restructuring, and more, a complete transformation or a new contemporary layer.
The agency tries to value the past by linking it to the present in cultural projects and public facilities but also on a diffuse urban scale. Ranging from high-rise projects to public spaces, from urban squares to arteries in the city, district, city or territory. A cultural and architectural heritage can not exist solely as a museum showcase of our cities. It must participate in the construction of a true new form of urbanity and not only be a tool for the sake of a simple cultural consumption.
This obsession to leave a trace must be transformed into a more human and more conscious intention. More and more opportunities for projects marrying old and modern are offered to architects, so they must be ready to work for this type of project. Otherwise, it will lead to a continuing disagreement between an inherently detailed legacy and so-called contemporary interventions whose concerns are more related to budget, timeliness and profitability.