AHI Architectural Heritage Intervention

“Contributing to enhancing our heritage, as the way forward for 21 st Century architecture is our raison d’être; to emphasize a diverse, rich vision that necessarily complements the intervention is our mission, and achieving it with reflexive and purposeful efforts is the challenge”.

This project, founded in, and directed since, 2011 by Ramon Calonge, Oriol Cusidó, Marc Manzano and Jordi Portal, architects and members of the Group of Architects for the Defence and Intervention in Architectural Heritage (AADIPA), has, through the years become a platform that includes four actions that are both independent and transversal.
The European Award, a biennial event that brings together and showcases the multiple approaches of intervention in Europe.

The International Biennial, a framework that serves to compare and gain closer insight of quality interventions in architectural heritage in non-European countries.

The digital Archive, a live and open window that provides a panoramic view of interventions in the history of our surroundings.

The Forum, a meeting place where you can participate in on-going debates about the main preoccupations and lines of thought about interventions in architectural heritage in Europe.


La vie en kit / Life, assembled

La vie en kit / Life, assembled

La vie en kit is a documentary on architecture, intended for a wide audience. Its selection in various film festivals (BRIFF, BAFF, FIFA) demonstrates its ability to reach a variety of viewers. At the same time, it is part of a research project exploring the relevance of film to architectural historical research and has been shown in academic contexts. The project originates from the discovery of three forgotten yet innovative, flexible and resilient housing projects of the 70s: Sart-Saint Nicolas (Petit), Patze Englebert system (Englebert) and Mémé (Kroll). The film retraces these adventures up to the present day and is intended as a living archive. La vie en kit is not oriented towards the past. Through three lively stories, it mobilises heritage in its archival, oral and inhabited form to better interrogate our future, as an attempt, as Mark Wigley suggests, "to study and reconfigure the architecture of the architectural archive and thereby come up with more radical concepts of design.”


Elodie Degavre


Image: C. Lévêque/J. Sepulchre
Sound: B. Schweiguth/M. Paulus
Editing: C. Zoenen
Producers: Playtime
Starring: Jean Englebert, Paul Petit, Simone&Lucien Kroll
Academical Support: Gérald Ledent&Chloé Salembier (UCLouvain); Catherine Blain (ENSAPLV); Boris Petric (EHESS); Louise Lemoine (Bêka&Lemoine)













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Elodie Degavre, archive d’habitants du Sart Saint-Nicolas