What should be done about neglected suburbs, the bedroom towns, dehumanized, and deregulated ? When we are faced with buildings in ruins, with wasteland and concrete deserts ? The answer is to stop trying to fix the obvious defects of these surburbs and instead concentrate on the heart of the town, in the common space, which must take on the changes made and symbolise an identity. Jean-Louis André, graduate of the Ecole normale supérieure, is a journalist. He has notably published with Ricardo Bofill, The Spaces of A Life.
Catalonian Ricardo Bofill is probably today's most famous and most controversial architect. In this book, illustrated with sketches and outlines, written directly in French with the help of journalist J.-L. André, he reveals an analysis of his art and an invitation to read the city.