The Cité de l’Etoile, Bobigny, 1956–1963, Georges Candilis, Alexis Josic, Shadrach Woods Architects

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  • Richard Klein École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et de Paysage de Lille image/svg+xml

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52200/54.A.EIFINC14

Keywords:

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

The Cité de l’Etoile, in Bobigny, design by Candilis Josic and Woods (1954–1963) is one of the housing estates, results of the french national competition named opération Million. Commissioned by Emmaüs, the 737 homes are a kind of synthesis of the experiments of Candilis in Marocco and the city planning thinking of the team. The demolition planned in 2008 has been avoided and the Cité de l’Etoile has been labelled 20th century heritage. The rehabilitation project brings to light the contradictions of an highly conflicting situation. Between blind demolition and a well-thought out project of restoration the question of the safeguard of collective social housing complex of the second half of the 20th century is still waiting solutions.

How to Cite

Klein, R. (2016). The Cité de l’Etoile, Bobigny, 1956–1963, Georges Candilis, Alexis Josic, Shadrach Woods Architects. Docomomo Journal, (54), 22–27. https://doi.org/10.52200/54.A.EIFINC14

Published

2016-04-01

Author Biography

Richard Klein, École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et de Paysage de Lille

(b. France , 1958). Architect, PhD in Art History, professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Lille (Ensapl). He is the scientific director of the research center Lacth and author of numerous articles and books about history of architecture heritage of the 20th century.