Jean Prouvé in his  maison  in Nancy.

Jean Prouvé in his maison in Nancy.


aixoplucs is our post-doctoral research project, 
a continuation of Jean Prouvé's questions
in the 1953-55 period
that followed his departure from Maxéville:

-How can we build with prefabricated open systems that can be shared among communities?

-How can the synergy of the concrete technical object evolve into techniques and tools
that have a positive environmental impact?

-How can new techniques and tools
make the whole building process less tiresome, easier,
more engaging and meaningful to builders?


Departing from the maison Prouvé's lessons
and unsolved questions,
we develop theorical and applied

building solutions for post-industrial
building eco-manufacturers,
individuals and communities.
This thesis abstract states that (...) When analyzed solely from an architect's point of view, the maison Prouvé design and building process is full of contradictions and incoherencies. A new critical approach is needed. One that has its origin on Jean Prouvé's education as a ferronnier, the production conditions at his workshops and his passion for constant invention, which lead to a totally different scope of priorities than some of his collaborators in this project, who had studied architecture at the university. Prouve's inclusive mentality, and the synergy of his technical thought, helps these two ways of thinking and making come together in this house. In such moments of tension, void and synthesis between these two worlds, the maison Prouvé was thought, built and dwelt. This house is at the same time a project and an invention, a construction and an assembly, a house and a shelter(...). The thesis proves that this is the first post-industrial house ever built, and in it we find the foundations for a post-industrial design methodology, which includes the full participation of the dweller and the architect in the matter and energy transformation process.

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