Talking about concrete: Philippe Prost at the Palais d’Iéna

Beauty of concrete’s classical age

Beauty of avant-garde concrete

During this September’s European Heritage Days, the Palais d’Iéna opens wide its doors. Philippe Prost, magician of concrete, presents this monument, one of the most remarkable examples from the classamc-couvertureical age of concrete, which today houses the Conseil Economique et Social.

In 1936, the architect August Perret (1874-1954) made use of all the technical and esthetic potential of reinforced concrete, creating a new architectural order able to rival with Antiquity. For Iéna, he designed the luminous colonnade of the Salle Hypostyle, marrying oak and concrete, as well as the famous stand-alone staircase with its railing by Raymond Subies, its double flights lilting upward in the form of a horseshoe. A daring, unapologetic use of raw concrete. Continue reading

Retrouvailles de Printemps en Provence : RMHP Bi-Annual Reunion 2016

Photo Kyle R. Brooks


From Architectural Heritage to Contemporary Architecture: The Past Meets the Present

The Richard Morris Hunt Prize Fellows and Scholars gathered in Nîmes for their bi-annual reunion. The program was orchestrated by Laurent Duport, RMHP Fellow 2014, C+D Architecture and lecturer at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Montpellier. Participants were received by both local officials and private hosts. Continue reading

New Research on Ancient Domestic Architecture Presented in Athens

House of Fourni, Délos (Greece), general view. 1st century B.C.

House of Fourni, Delos (Greece), 1st century B.C. General view

Stéphanie Zugmeyer, 2010 Hunt Prize Fellow and now a full-time archeologist based in Arles, participated in this Spring’s antiquities cycle organized by The CIRCLE, an Athens research forum. Zugmeyer presented an “Architectural Analysis and Interpretation of the Maison de Fourni in Delos” alongside colleague Hélène Wormser (Professor of Archeology, Université de Lyon-2) on May 10th at Greece’s National Technical University. Click here for the full program. 

Highlighted during the conferences were the mosaics of the Fourni house (1st century B.C.) recently restored by the studios of France’s Musée de l’Arles Antique.

Zugmeyer is a CNRS research professional who works with the Institut de Recherche en Architecture Antique. In June, INRAA co-organized Over the Cloudan innovative workshop on archeology and architecture in the digital age held in Aix-en-Provence.

Earthen Architecture Highlighted in Lyon

An RMHP laureate will intervene at the 12th World TERRA Convention to be held in Lyon July 10-14, 2016. Elsa Ricaud, Architecte DEA who holds a masters in Architecture and Urban History from ENSA-Versailles, will speak at the Lyon conference.

Ricaud previously explored the topic of earthen architecture in the United States during her 2012 Hunt Prize Fellowship.

Among the various aspects and problems of this type of construction, the question of sustainability will receive special attention.