- Reconstructing ConventionFernand Pouillon’s La Tourette Housing in Marseilles, 1946–1953
The project for the La Tourette Housing in Marseilles illustrates French architect Fernand Pouillon’s complex attitudes towards conventions. Tom Avermaete illustrates how conventions were not only related to architectural composition, but also to typology, materiality and construction method. In Pouillon’s project all of these conventions are critically questioned and even deconstructed, only to immediately reconstruct them in new ways. This engagement with convention is a choice with regard to the depth of the tradition, but it is also a choice of professional posture. Pouillon believed that the task of the architect was not the complete refusal of convention nor its complete embracement, but rather a subtle ‘discovering of the order to prepare the future’.
- Avermaete, T. (2014). Reconstructing Convention. Fernand Pouillon’s La Tourette Housing in Marseilles, 1946–1953. Codes and Continuities, OASE, (92), 42–48. Retrieved from https://oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/92/ReconstructingConvention
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