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.


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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.