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Press kit - Press release - Call for submissionsFestival des Architectures Vives 2014 Montpellier - Association Champ Libre - Festival des Architectures Vives (FAV)

Call for submissions
Festival des Architectures Vives 2014 Montpellier

Montpellier, France

Association Champ Libre - Festival des Architectures Vives (FAV)

Montpellier, France, 2013-09-18 - On the occasion of the 9th Festival des Architectures Vives in Montpellier, the association Champ Libre sends a call for submissions in order to realize 10 interventions in the Montpellier Festival. A second call for submissions is sent in the same time for the interventions in the La Grande Motte Festival.

The Festival is at the heart of Montpellier city; it will take place in the city center more specifically in the courtyards of certain town house. At the same time it will be proposed a path to the visitors, kind of architectural discovery of the city heart.
So, Montpellier’s FAV objective is on one hand, to open to inhabitants, during the festival these symbolic places and on the other hand – thanks to creators teams intervention which will present a specific work to every place – to reveal an intimate relationship between contemporary architecture, installation and patrimonial site.


The Festival Lively Architecture wishes to answer to the evolution of architectural practice which by integrating all the domains related to its culture, does not hesitate any more to assert itself through realizations. The Lively Architectures are short-lived and evolutionary by nature; each time localized, registered in a short temporality and thought for a specific place.
Like augmented reality, they add, transform, reveal a forgotten and invisible space or on the contrary too exposed. Respectful of their environment, they change it in an inhabited environment where the past, the present and even the future are one. The Lively Architectures create an environment where the imagination of each and everyone is possible. So, they have a sense of humor, as much as humility. Refusing the unchanging, during the festival they question our everyday environment. Targeting a large audience, they offer a sensory adventure, an unconventional glance. They position themselves as a revelator. The Lively Architectures are objects of desire, envy and simply wish to find the sense of the pleasure of the place, the city, to offer the sensitive and the tactile, to reposition the Man in the heart of the architecture.

For this 9th edition of the Festival des Architectures Vives in Montpellier, the chosen sites are in adequacy with its historical city. One of its treasures is the presence in the heart of the city of several
hôtels particuliers. Today, Montpellier counts more than seventy of them. Lots of these privates mansions and inner courtyards, are not open to the visitors on a daily basis.

In their history the courtyards that are half private and half public, have had many purposes, from place of representation, distribution hall, but today it remains uninhabited. Lacking in function, they appear as ordinary spaces that are just crossed to reach a private apartment. Forgotten, because they are inaccessible, or forgotten because they are inappropriate, these courtyards disappear little by little from the common knowledge, even from the collective imagination. They become real forgotten spaces but they nevertheless maintain their own specificity, playing between shadow and light, offering a possibility to glorify these places with few things. Thus contemporary architecture will enjoy revealing and waking up sleepy sites.
Every year, the festival is visited by a large public and in 2013 with the Montpellier and the La Grande Motte editions, not less than 12 000 people.


Festival 2014 thematic: Sensuality

(noun) : Attachment to sensual pleasures. Living with sensuality. Being immersed in sensuality. Low sensuality. Drink with sensuality, Drinking with pleasure.
Defining 8TH Edition Dictionary of the Académie Française

It is hard to separate architecture of the idea of sensuality, because architecture is primarily material, space, light, color and it necessarily involves the senses. Exceeding the cliché where the architecture would exclusively be "the art of building" as evoked by Vitruvius or a simple technical answer, programmatic, and even today embodied by a series of standards, labels, which would tend to codify the name of a desire for sustainability. The architecture and the city can be reduced to a few standardized solutions. The architecture is much more than that. Building a future vision on architecture and redefine the terms of its relationship to man and the environment from the evocation of sensuality seems to be a fundamental issue. It should then be able to go beyond this simple fact and produce, invent, innovate ... We seek to reveal, for this new edition, all sensual part that bears architecture. The notion of ephemeral associated with these iconic locations is quite conducive to the demonstration to everyone that the architecture is able to offer this "attachment to sensual pleasure." The ability to provide pleasure found in space and locations is, in a way to rediscover the city.

Sensuality will be the theme at the heart of the ninth edition of the FAV, which is also the time of revelation to a prospective dimension starting from the material of the site. Moved by the joy of discovery or rediscovery, for the wonder of places and situations, are expectations in the Festival des Architectures Vives.


The consultation is opened to young architects and landscape architects. The objective is to promote the young architecture creation.

Files must reach us by e-mail to PDF format at the following address:


Thank you to specify in the mail title « 2014 FAV applications MONTPELLIER ». Submissions candidatures have to be sent by one PDF file (maximum 10 Mo) or they will be rejected.


+ Submission file of the team, filled according to the example. (Mandatory)

+ Team presentation with Curriculum Vitae of every member (Mandatory) – 1 A4 format by member

+ Imagery references of architectural realizations, installations, competition (Mandatory)

+ Note of intention towards the Festival des Architectures Vives of Montpellier and about theme Sensuality. That note of about one page must explain the concept of the project. An image can be included into the note. (Mandatory)

The results of the selection will be announced in January 2014. A file presenting in detail theme and technical constraints connected to the conception of an intervention (ground, exhibition, visitors, proposition of setting-up presence…) will be sent to the selected candidates. Nevertheless , the exhibition places can be chosen among those which are presented on the website where you can download pictures.

The team selection will be made only with this application file.


Applications files have to be receipted before the: December 4, 2013 at midnight, French Time
(GMT / date of emission of email as attested.)


The festival will take place from the 11th to the 15th of June 2014. The construction of every installation will take place from the 5th by the team herself.

The deadline for the projects is in
February 28th, 2014. It will be possible to visit the sites during a tour organized in January.

A subsidy of
1 000,00 € TTC will be assigned to each of the 10 realized projects.

A book of the 9th edition presenting the realizations will be published at the end of the year 2014.


All the questions must be sent by email to Association Champ Libre:
@ :
website :
Facebook : architectures.vives
Twitter : @FAV_34

Application file and Typical questions 
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