Scoring High – FRANCE


Créteil, France, Ligne de but

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To gain official approval, Duvauchelle football stadium in Créteil needed changing rooms and a 300-seat stand, which have now been completed. Making use of the height difference between two pieces of land, the changing rooms are located underground and consequently merge into the greenery of this part of Créteil. The stand comprises an extruded concrete block, which bears a fleeting resemblance to a laptop and on which the yellow plastic seats are soberly lined up. The stand’s rear and the underside of its roof have been dressed in the same metal mesh. Accessible to spectators via a hanging walkway, the rear façade allows views over activities on the adjacent sports grounds (tennis, athletics, etc.).
Precision and technical expertise are fundaments of both architecture and sport, and are here combined in elegant simplicity. The contrast between solid concrete and transparent metal mesh brings a frankness and a sensibility that complement both the virility and the poetry of sporting events.
Beneath the stand, the changing rooms are styled in the noble Brutalist tradition of concrete undersides. Through their high vaults and the shafts of light that penetrate from above, they evoke a kind of Postmodern cathedral dedicated to new passions and new heroes.

myths of the near future º pierre cardin


“The man who became a label”

He was one of the first to recognize the power of the press and had an intuitive understanding of PR. He was the first big designer who saw no shame in working for Printemps Department stores and he was the first to establish commercial relationships with China and Japan as well.

He also invented the first unisex line.

In 1959 he was the first to present a collection as a PRET-A-PORTER even before this word existed in french language …

as a result he was thrown out of the Chambre Syndacale.




Daniel Buren, ADAGP, Paris. Photo Didier Plowy.

MONUMENTA 2012 – Daniel Buren at the Grand Palais

An artistic interaction on an unparalleled scale, MONUMENTA invites an internationally renowned artist each year to transform the Nave of the Grand Palais with a new, site specific work filling the 13,500 sq.m., 35 metre-high space. This year marks the fifth edition of the event. Daniel Buren, one of France’s most internationally renowned and honoured artists, has been selected for the challenge.MONUMENTA 2012 will be on show between 10 May and 21 June. The first four editions ofMONUMENTA were hugely successful, dedicated to German artist Anselm Kiefer in 2007, American sculptor Richard Serra in 2008, French artist Christian Boltanski in 2010 and Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, whose work in 2011 attracted over 270,000 visitors in 6 and a half weeks.

Daniel Buren has realised almost two thousand exhibitions across the world. Born in 1938 in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, he lives and works in situ, responding above all to the space in and for which he is making the work. Examples include his transformation of the Guggenheim in New York and the Cour d’honneur at the Palais Royal in Paris. In 2012MONUMENTA invites Daniel Buren to respond to the Nave of the Grand Palais and all its beauty, luminosity and history. For the past 50 years Daniel Buren has been producing highly innovative works, based on a range of outils visuels (‘visual tools’). These elements, apparently minimal, nevertheless metamorphose the spectator’s perceptions and, despite their simplicity, have a profound effect on the viewer. Artwork and space become one, the former revealing the hidden dimensions of the latter, leading the viewer to suddenly look ‘differently’. Daniel Buren’s artistic work, his theoretical approach and his physical interventions have altered the understanding of contemporary art. At the same time the artist’s fascination for the sensation of sight, for colour as a pensée brute (‘pure thought’) and the freedom and experimentation he offers to spectators, have assured his great public success. For MONUMENTA 2012, Daniel Buren will plunge visitors into a Grand Palais that has been metamorphosed. Spectators will become active participants in the unveiling and creation of a brand new artwork and space. This creation will be true to the rigorous approach of this renowned artist whose careful use of materials creates a maximum effect. Daniel Buren’s subtle ‘visual tools’ will reveal the space’s hidden dimensions, invisible potential, past and present…..

By Daniel Buren.

Festival de Cannes – Winners

Yesterday the Jury in Cannes announced the winner of this years 65th Festival de Cannes. The Palm d’Or palm went to Michael Haneke for his movie AmourThe same german director has already won once for his movie Das weiße Band. As best actresses two romanians have been awarded, Cosima Stratan and Cristina Flutur and as best actor Mads Mikkelen from Denmark.

The Grand Prix went to Reality, by Matteo Garrone, Italy and the award for best director to Carlos Reygadas.

festival de cannes day 9 – the paperboy

Today in Cannes The Paperboy is being presented starring Matthew Mcconaughey, Zac Effron, Nicole Kidman and Macy Gray. Directed  and written by Lee Daniels. (USA)

The Plot:

The story of a young man who returns to his small Florida home town to help his reporter brother uncover the truth about a man on death row, who might have been wrongly convicted. In the process, he falls for the convict’s lover. Conflict, danger, deceit, seduction and betrayal ensue.

Festival de Cannes day 7 – Killing them softly

The second movie for today is Killing them softly, by Andrew Dominic and starring Brad Pitt. (USA)

The Plot:

When their poker game is knocked off by petty thieves, the Mob calls in their best enforcer, Jackie Cogan, to make things right. Under the eye of a mysterious driver, Jackie must track down and punish those responsible for the heist. His assignment is complicated by those he comes up against along the way – an aging, drunken hit man, some bumbling local gangsters, and the ladies’ man who ran the ill-fated game.

Punk President – France

Punk President - France

Montpellier’s football club president Louis Nicollin celebrates with players and their trophy, at the place de la Comedie on May 21, 2012 in Montpellier, southern France, after the club won on the eve the French L1 football championship. Montpellier finished the season three points clear of PSG in the final standings, which gave the southern club — 14th in Ligue 1 last season — their first major honour since the 1990 French Cup.


Festival de Cannes day 7 – The Angel’s Share

The Angel’s Share directed by Ken Loach is our first movie in today’s Cannes competition. (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Belgium)

The Plot:

A bittersweet comedy about a Glasgow boy locked in a family feud who just wants a way out. When Robbie sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his newborn son Luke for the first time, he is overwhelmed. He swears that Luke will not lead the same stricken life he has led.
On community service Robbie meets Rhino, Albert and Mo for whom, like him, work is little more than a distant dream. Little did Robbie imagine that turning to drink might change their lives – not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. What will it be for Robbie? More violence and vendettas or a new future with ‘Uisge Beatha,’ the ‘Water of Life’? Only the angels know…