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Journée de l'Architecture et de l'Urbanisme Neuchâtel ON FRI 10 MAY 2019 At the Patinoires du Littoral
In Neuchâtel
Opening of registrations on 20.11.2018

Antoine Picon

Antoine Picon is a graduate of the Ecole polytechnique and the Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, a registered architect (DPLG), doctor and historian.

After a short stint at the Ministry of Public Works, he devoted himself to research and teaching. He is the Director of Research at the Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and a Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. A member of the Académie des Technologies and the Académie d'Architecture, he has also been President of the Le Corbusier Foundation since 2013.
Antoine Picon has published numerous articles and works on the history of the relationship between architecture and the city, on the one hand, and science and technology on the other. It is in this context that he has particularly focused on the transformations of architecture and cities brought about by digital technology.


Prizes and awards:

  • Médaille de la Ville de Paris [Medal of the City of Paris], vermeil level, for the exhibition and book ‘Claude Perrault (1613-1688) ou la curiosité d'un classique’.
  • Prize for the best doctoral thesis from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales for the year 1991.
  • 1994 Prix du Livre d'Architecture de la Ville de Briey for J.-L. Bonillo, R. Borruey, J.-D. Espinasse, A. A. Picon, Marseille ville et port.
  • 1997 Prix du Livre d'Architecture de la Ville de Briey for Antoine Picon (ed.), L’Art de l’ingénieur Constructeur, entrepreneur, inventeur.
  • 2003 Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire ‘Essay’ category for M Michèle Riot-Sarcey, Thomas Bouchet, Antoine Picon (ed.), Dictionnaire des utopies.
  • 2007-2008 George Sarton Medal from Ghent University for his body of work in the history of science and architecture.
  • Chevalier des Arts et Lettres [Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters] in 2014.


Main publications (works)

  • Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, Du Plateau Beaubourg au Centre Georges Pompidou, interview with Antoine Picon, Paris, Editions du Centre Georges Pompidou, 1987, 168 p.
  • Antoine Picon, Architectes et ingénieurs au siècle des Lumières, Marseille, Parenthèses, 1988, 317 p.
  • Antoine Picon, Claude Perrault (1613-1688) ou la curiosité d'un classique, Paris, Picard, 1988, 303 p.
  • Antoine Picon, Michel Yvon, L'ingénieur-artiste Dessins anciens de l'Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris, Presses de l'Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, 1989, 206 p.
  • Jean-Lucien Bonillo, René Borruey, Jean-Denis Espinas, Antoine Picon, Marseille ville et port, Marseille, Parenthèses, 1992, 221 p.
  • Antoine Picon, French architects and engineers in the age of the enlightenment, English translation of Architectes et ingénieurs au siècle des Lumières, Marseille, 1988, translated by Martin Thom, Cambridge Studies in the History of Architecture, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1992, 437 p.
  • Antoine Picon, L'invention de l'ingénieur moderne L'Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées 1747-1851, Paris, Presses de l'Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, 1992, 767 p.
  • Marc Desportes, Antoine Picon, De l'espace au territoire L'aménagement en France XVIe-XXe siècles, Paris, Presses de l'Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, 1997, 222 p.
  • Antoine Picon, La ville territoire des cyborgs, Paris, Les Editions de l'Imprimeur, 1998, 113 p.
  • Claude Prélorenzo, Antoine Picon, L'aventure du balnéaire La Grande Motte de Jean Balladur, Marseille, Parenthèses, 1999, 150 p.
  • Antoine Picon, Jean-Paul Robert, Un atlas parisien Le dessus des cartes, Paris, Editions du Pavillon de l'Arsenal, Picard, 1999, 288 p.
  • Antoine Picon, Les Saint-simoniens Raison, imaginaire et utopie, Paris, Belin, 2002, 384 p.
  • Antoine Picon, Marc Mimram architecte ingénieur Hybrid[e], Gollion, Infolio, 2007, 240 p.
  • Antoine Picon, Oi sainsimonistes Ordos, logos, jantaziako, outopia, Greek translation of Les saint-simoniens Raison, imaginaire et utopie, Paris, 2002, Athens, Politisko idryuma omilou peiraios, 2007.
  • Architettura ibrida: Marc Mimram,. Italian translation of Marc Mimram architecte ingénieur Hybrid[e], Milan, Electa, 2009, 221 p.
  • Digital Culture in Architecture: An Introduction for the Design Professions, Birkhäuser, Bâle, 2010, 224 p. French version published simultaneously: Culture numérique et architecture : Une Introduction, Birkhäuser, Bâle, 2010, 224 p. Persian translation, Tehran, 2013.
  • Antoine Picon, Ornament The Politics of architecture and subjectivity, Chichester, Wiley, 2013, 168 p.
  • Antoine Picon, Smart cities Théorie et critique d'un idéal auto-réalisateur, Paris, Editions B2, 2013, 120 p.
  • Antoine Picon, Smart cities A Spatialized intelligence, Chichester, Wiley, 2015, 168 p.
  • Antoine Picon, La Matérialité de l'architecture, Marseille, Parenthèses, 2018, 142 p.


Main publications (works edited)

  • Anne Coste, Antoine Picon, Francis Sidot (ed.), Un ingénieur des Lumières Emiland-Marie Gauthey, Paris, Presses de l'Ecole nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, 1993, 279 p.
  • Bruno Belhoste, Amy Dahan-Dalmedico, Antoine Picon (ed.), La formation polytechnicienne 1794-1994, Paris, Dunod, 1994, 469 p.
  • Bruno Belhoste, Francine Masson, Antoine Picon (ed.), Le Paris des Polytechniciens Des ingénieurs dans la ville, exhibition catalogue, Paris, Délégation à l'Action Artistique de la Ville de Paris, 1994, 299 p.
  • Bruno Belhoste, Amy Dahan-Dalmédico, Dominique Pestre, Antoine Picon (ed.), La France des X. Deux siècles d'histoire, Paris, Economica, 1995, 398 p.
  • Bruno Belhoste, Antoine Picon (ed.), L'Ecole d'application de l'artillerie et du génie de Metz (1802-1870). Enseignement et recherches, Paris, Musée des Plans-Reliefs, 1996, 76 p.
  • Antoine Picon (ed.), La ville et la guerre, Besançon, Les Editions de l'Imprimeur, 1996, 237 p.
  • Antoine Picon (ed.), L'Art de l'ingénieur Constructeur, entrepreneur, inventeur, Paris, Editions du Centre Georges Pompidou, Editions du Moniteur, 1997, 598 p.
  • Michèle Riot-Sarcey, Thomas Bouchet, Antoine Picon (ed.), Dictionnaire des utopies, Paris, Larousse, 2002, 284 p.
  • Antoine Picon, Alessandra Ponte (ed.), Architecture and the sciences Exchanging metaphors, New York, Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
  • Michèle Riot-Sarcey, Thomas Bouchet, Antoine Picon (ed.), Ütopyalar Sözlügü, Turkish translation of the Dictionnaire des utopies, 2002, Istanbul, Sel Yayıncılık, 2003.
  • Michèle Riot- Sarcey, Thomas Bouchet, Antoine Picon (ed.), Dicionario das utopias, Portuguese translation of the Dictionnaire des utopies, 2002, Lisbon, Texto E Grafia, 2009.
  • Clément Orillard, Antoine Picon (ed.), Marne-la-Vallée : De la ville nouvelle à la ville durable, Marseille, Parenthèses, 2012, 302 p.


Main publications (editions, critical republications)

  • Charles Perrault, Mémoires de ma vie, republication of the version given by Paul Bonnefon in 1909, preceded by an essay by Antoine Picon ‘Un moderne paradoxal’, Paris, Macula, 1993, 276 p.
  • Claude Perrault, translation of Vitruvius’ ten books on architecture, facsimile of the first 1673, edition preceded by an essay by Antoine Picon, ‘Erudition et polémique Le Vitruve de Claude Perrault’, Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Image, 1995, 343 p.
  • J.-N.-L. Durand, Précis of the Lectures on architecture with Graphic portion of the Lectures on architecture, English translation of Précis des leçons d'architecture données à l'École polytechnique of 1802-1805, and Partie graphique des cours d'architecture faits à l'Ecole royale polytechnique depuis sa réorganisation of 1821, preceded by an essay by Antoine Picon, ‘From ‘Poetry of Art’ to Method: The theory of Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand’, Los Angeles, The Getty Research Institute, 2000, 346 p.
  • P. Enfantin, Lettres sur la vie éternelle, republication of the original 1830-1831 edition of the letters of Father Enfantin to Duveyrier, François and Peiffer, preceded by an essay by Antoine Picon, ‘La vie éternelle au siècle de l'industrie’, Paris, Le Corridor bleu, 2004, 108 p.



Conference title:

Where is architecture heading, between technological temptation and environmental constraints, ‘star system’ and ethical requirements?


Conference pitch:

Currently, in the early 21st century, the architectural discipline is at a technical, ideological and professional turning point. On the one hand, techniques continue to advance, and architecture is impacted by the development of digital technology or the most recent advances in materials. On the other hand, the search for fairer and more sustainable development encourages us to question the validity of certain innovations. The same uncertainty prevails from an ideological and professional standpoint. Over the past twenty years, architecture has been driven by the production of globalised ‘star architects’. However, their prestige is beginning to wane as a result of political and social concerns that they have not been able to address. Where is architecture heading? The conference will address this set of questions on which the future of the discipline depends.

  • On friday 10 May 2019
  • at the Patinoires du Littoral
  • in 2000 Neuchâtel
  • .