Adaptation cannot be understood without resilience thinking. Inventing new environments enabling to bounce forward cannot be done without the willingness to reconsider prevailing urbanism logics and challenge what is often taken for granted. Inspired by a statement (*) of Anne Lacaton, co-winner of the Pritzker Architecture prize in 2021, this series of five diptychs questions the duration of urban attributes and their transactional relationships with our social environment. The act of demolishing reinforces the awareness of an ephemeral dimension of urban planning. As such, it goes beyond a sense for adaptation and needs to be seen as an apparent paradox: to propose new impulses acknowledging the fact that their outcomes are not aimed to last.
(*) “The demolishing is a decision of easiness and short term. It is a waste of many things – a waste of energy, a waste of material, and a waste of history. Moreover, it has a very negative social impact. For us, it is an act of violence.”
Shooting place: former Stelliantis plant cars production, Paris, France