A lecture with Ingrid Taillandier
In a talk entitled, “Density of Lives,” Ingrid will discuss the concept of density
In a talk entitled, “Density of Lives,” Ingrid will discuss the concept of density, a simple tool of measurement applied to a range of urban forms, allows for an understanding of the negative health and social issues associated with the city since the onset of the industrialization era: overcrowding, suffered coexistence, poor health, etc. The rejection of density is also a rejection of the modern architecture it came with, their identity, the stacking of dwellings they suppose, the erasure of the individual and all that is relative to oneself that it dedicates. Facing this widespread distrust on urban policies and its symptoms, which is admittedly understandable, strategies simply requiring a density obligation are inadequate. It must also be demonstrated that density can go hand in hand with a pleasant way of life and an enriched private sphere. Building acceptable and desirable density is the guiding purpose of Ingrid Taillandier and ITAR’s practice, who are testing an approach to density that provides a durable, beneficial and positive urban development for inhabitability.
Ingrid Taillandier ‘98 MS.AAD is the founder of ITAR Architectures based in Paris. She has designed multiple lauded social and mixed-use housing projects in France and is an architect committed to urban renewal through an architecture focused on the quality of uses and common spaces, aimed at strengthening social bonds. Her work and reflections have been warmly welcomed in France, garnering her the Special Prize for Women Architects in 2016.