Author: Yky

C’est quoi potable? (What is it drinkable?)

This work addresses the issue of the relation between urban resilience and sustainability. Both concepts share the same objective for urban citizens. But when sustainability aims for efficiency, resilience aims for redundancy and never excludes the possibility of challenging fundamentals. At D0, Manhattan water towers are reflected on a brown house wall showing a lion […]


The below work is inspired by a series of pictures taken on the site “Les grands voisins”, Paris. The word “dé-composer” (to de-compose) painted on the wall relates indirectly to the questionable opposition between resilience and vulnerability. A silhouette recalls Levinas’ concept of alterity. A blue canvas curiously hanging, brings us back to the Sudanese […]


This photographic montage underlines the critical contribution of local decision makers to enhance urban resilience in favor of communities lacking the cultural capital, as defined by Bourdieu, which could possibly help to cope with hazards such as flooding. At D0, the floods do not prevent a community to keep on with their daily occupations while […]


Katrina was one of the most destructive natural disasters (*) to strike the US. The reasons of the malfunctions which turned the city into chaos are well known. But what have we learned from the flooding? Some pending questions remain: Did New Orleans resilience improve? Did other cities threaten by flooding learn from this tragic […]


Can urban resilience be implemented in case of widespread destructions? At D0, two iconic symbols, a Le Corbusier building and the Golden Gate bridge are willing to withstand the unavoidable earthquake aftershocks. At D+, the landscape disappears; only the broken glass path remains, referring to our fears and fragility. More to read here

Thank you Eugène

At D0, three plans in opposition: in the background, a geometrical structure inspired by the work of F. Morellet, symbolizing the urban grid; on the forefront, a work in progress or an old facade; in-between, a Haussmannian building, renowned for its resilient features, imposing its steady foundation. At D+, everything fades out around the building […]

A Japanese paradox

In this work, the great wave of Hokusaï should be understood for its symbolic meaning, calling for an almighty nature that no one can stop and to an absolute sense of ephemerality. At D0, the city and its inhabitants are in a state of unstable balance, between the strength of the wave and the urban […]


Urban space complexity increases. The adaptation to our environment is vital but in the same time it may hurt our cultural, philosophical and religious beliefs. In between, the interface, as below symbolized, and a work questioning the urban space contribution to the equilibrium between both sides post hazard. At D0, before the hazard occurrence, the […]

Smart city

There is a risk with the «smart city» development to underestimate the growing complexity of cities which can even be exacerbated by our digital environment. How to make sure that urban cartographies are representative when low income citizens are left aside? In this work a couple watches Manhattan in an attitude encompassing cautiousness and exclusion. […]

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