"Objets Trouvés" is an invitation to think collectively about the subjects of reuse and repurposing of materials in order to add a necessary cultural and disciplinary dimension. This exhibition brings together forty-two international practices to speculate on the transformation of a series of objects and builds new indulgent and poetic views with the material heritage that surrounds us. Small or large, artisanal or industrial, in use or abandoned, found through physical or virtual wanderings and chance encounters, these objects model together a sample of our society. Composed of an initial state and a fantasized state, the diptychs presented here offer each of the found objects a new life and a new architectural destiny. This journey between reality and fantasy, between economy and speculation, between form and function saves from certain obsolescence every object of our daily lives becomes a potential form and matter and calls to be considered beyond all judgment. This collection reads like a new desire and constitutes the first fragments of a possible common architectural language.
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