« Keep it modern », dialogue between François Chatillon and Vanessa Fernandez

« Conserving is modern » is, through a dialogue, a manifesto that questions the issues of the abundant architectural legacy of the last century that we receive today. What requalification for this heritage? What methods of intervention? How to put an end to the inoperative cleavage between creation and conservation?

Overcoming the opposition between the preservation, the conversion and the use of a building is a creative act, a real initiative of innovative and scholarly project, reminds us the chief architect of the Historical Monuments François Chatillon. The active position he defends, that of a change in heritage and so-called « prospective » professional collaboration is rather singular in current architectural practice.
Regularly, she confronts herself with a certain static vision of the history of architecture while restoration is a way to better know the buildings and to highlight them, while offering them the capacity to be today ( re) invested, even reinvented.
The restoration projects of emblematic buildings of the twentieth century that François Chatillon is currently conducting offer a vast field for his reflection.

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François Chatillon, chief architect of the Historical Monuments
Vanessa Fernandez, architect, researcher and teacher