End clap for the Antilles-Guyana architecture days

End clap for the Antilles-Guyana architecture days
End clap for the Antilles-Guyana architecture days

For two days, May 23 and 24, the Architecture Houses of Guadeloupe, Martinique & Guyana organized the first edition of the Antilles Guyana Architecture Days (JAAG). This is a unique opportunity for dialogue and collaboration between the territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique and Guyana.

On the program for these two days of reflection: visits to operations, round tables hosted and enriched by guests from the Maison de l’architecture Corse and the Maison de l’architecture PACA, debates as well as feedback from experiences.

Eric Ramlall, president of the house of architecture of Guadeloupedescribes the genesis of the demonstration:

The genesis is several houses of architecture which are in a national network, with the network of houses of architecture. We meet once a year or every two years with a biennial. We had the idea of ​​creating the Antilles-Guyana Architecture Day. That is to say, trying to come together between Martinique, Guadeloupe and Guyana to create an event which deals with architecture which is little covered in the media, in schools. No offers in museums or cultural services. The houses of architecture are an author of dissemination of architectural culture. Guadeloupe is a bit at the head of the bridge because we are the house of architecture, we will say, the oldest, the most structured. And then, we included this project in the agreement that we signed with the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Experience sharing

For the president of the house of architecture of Guadeloupe, the final round table had within it an objective of discovery and curiosity:

The idea of ​​round tables is not conferences with a single theme. It’s more about taking the time to present varied experiences and then drawing ideas, consequences or urban planning attitudes from them. We are not in object architecture, here, we are more in town planning. Understand how the individual occupies space, how we move around the city, what are the challenges of the cities of tomorrow. Of course, we know about climate issues, but not only that. And then, the idea we had was to bring together several construction players in our territories to exchange diverse and varied experiences, to know each other too, to learn from others, to compare, to enrich ourselves. , also make our territories known and then be able to build links through our networks, we will say, friendly to the houses of architecture

Different territories

At the end of the discussions, Jochen Durr, president of the house of architecture of Guyanaunderlined the important difference between its territory and the Antilles:

It’s a very interesting exchange because even though our territories, Guyana and Guadeloupe, are roughly in the same location, we see that things are very different in the Antilles. In fact, in the West Indies, I would say it’s a finite development. The city is finished, the territory is finished, the houses are built, the roads are laid out. There is not a road that will be added, for example. Whereas in Guyana, we are building new neighborhoods. There are roads being built, neighborhoods are being created with housing, with schools, things that didn’t exist. So, we are in a very different dynamic. We are in the construction of new and in the West Indies, you are in the rehabilitation. We really try to take the climate into account. We try to design buildings and neighborhoods in consultation with residents. But that’s still a bit of an innovative approach for Guyana.

The organizers plan to reproduce this event in Martinique and then in Guyana.

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