Philippe Prost, leçon inaugurale de l’école de Chaillot
The conferences at Chaillot have become a sort of tradition. In this training department of the Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, renowned architects have already taken the floor, such as Jean Nouvel and Pierre-Louis Faloci. For its 11th edition, in 2015, the honour was bestowed for the first time on a former student: Philippe Prost, born in 1959. He develops the concept of creation being associated to memory, by drawing from his own rich personal experience. The Mémorial international de Notre-Dame de Lorette, with its 600 000 names of soldiers who died during the war, is his most recent creation (2014). But his interventions on the Monnaie de Paris, at the Briqueterie de Gournay or on Parisian joint development zones (ZAC) had already initiated him to work on the strata of time. It sometimes takes the intervention of destiny to launch a career: Philippe Prost had just graduated when he was contracted to restore the citadel of Belle-Ile-en-Mer, a major site of military architecture, a work by Vauban. He definitely took a liking at that moment for heritage, the passion for archives and questions, and creation that is aware of the presence of the past.
Review published in the newsletter #420 - from 3 March 2016 to 9 March 2016