Document d’archives des projets de R&Sie(n)
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Architect François Roche, who was first trained as a scientist and later graduated from the School of Architecture of Versailles in 1987, founded R&Sie(n) in Paris in 1993 along with artist Stephanie Lavaux (1993-2011) and architect Gilles Desevedavy (1993-1998).It was also joined by architects Olivier Legrand, Alexandre Boulin (1998-2000), Jean Navarro (2000-2007), Kiuchi Toshikatsu (2007-2011), Camille Lacadée and Vong Wongkillalerd (2011-2015).
The studio has changed its name regularly since its creation and is also known as Roche, DSV & Sie, R, DSV & Sie .P, R&Sie.D/B:L, eIf/bʌt/c or M4. François Roche, who's personnal practice is also known as New-Territories (1993), has led the firm throughout its existence, conceives his practice as transformative and polymorphous which explains this recursive change of name that also stands as a refusal to brand his work. As of 2019, only François Roche personnal practice, New-Territories, is still active. It is based in both Paris and Bangkok.
R&Sie(n) uses a speculative approach to architecture and focuses on developing technological experiments to explore the bond between building, context and human relations. Each building is a process, a dynamic device that uses architecture to perform an ecologically useful function. The firm works regularly with oppositional relationships: machinery versus nature, purity versus corruption, paranoia versus reality in order to create architecture that transcends its physicality producing a discourse that aims for ecological and social improvement of the place in which it exists.
During its existence, R&Sie(n) has been invited to the French pavilion and International selections of the Venice Biennale multiple times since 1993. Their work can be found in the permanent collections of several institutions, including SF-MOMA, the Centre Pompidou, and Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain (FRAC).
François Roche has held visiting appointments at the Bartlett School in London, the Vienna University of Technology, the ESARQ School of Architecture at the International University of Catalonia in Barcelona, ESA in Paris, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles among other teaching positions. He has also lectured extensively at international academic and cultural institutions, and taught at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (2006), Columbia University (2006-2013), and at RMIT University in Melbourne from (2012-2018).
Finally, through New-Territories, François Roche has published a number of monographs. These volumes are a collection of research projects and exhibition catalogues including Corrupted Biotopes (2004), a contribution to the Design Document series of books, "i've heard about" (2005), Spoiled Climate(2006), Fiction Scripts (2007), and BioReboot (2010), MythomaniaS (2016), DigitalDisobediance (2018). As well as having contributed to various journals of architecture and design, François Roche was guest editor of the architectural journal LOG #25, published in the summer of 2012 under the title Reclaim Resi[lience]stance. In 2014, a book dedicated to François Roche's work and his collaborations with New-Territories was published, entitled Francois Roche: Heretical Machinism and Living Architecture of New Territories.com.
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