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Notre-Dame de Paris : Redesigning the Parvis | Oct 24, 2023



Alliance Francaise Chicago
54 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL, United States 60610

October 24, 2023 | 6:30 pm


Please join this fascinating conversation between 2022 Villa Albertine residents Susanne Eliasson and Anthony Jammes as they unveil the new landscape and entrance surrounding the beloved medieval cathedral in the heart of Paris. They have had the honor and responsibility of being entrusted with the transformation of Notre Dame’s parvis, and in particular its underfloor. No easy feat for a historic site welcoming over 20 million visitors a year! They’ll be sharing some exclusive images and secrets with us.

About the guests:

Susanne Eliasson and Anthony Jammes are urban development architects, founders of the GRAU agency, and winners of the 2016 Palmarès des jeunes urbanistes. GRAU (short for “Good Reasons to Afford Urbanism”) operates in the space between architecture and urban planning. Boasting over ten years’ experience in France and Europe, and through a range of urban renewal and densification projects in existing areas, it has expertise in housing-related issues. Susanne teaches in Düsseldorf; Anthony teaches in Versailles.

In their work, the architects-urbanists of Collectif GRAU are exploring the ways in which individuals have made the city a place to call home, where the development of collective relationships is not standing in the way of feeling safe or intimate. They actually draw their inspiration in how our homes are being structured, mirroring the building of interconnexions in our societies. They also focus on the building of “garden cities”, on how our social structures can fit in the environment with which we are endowed by nature. The redesign of the new Parvis de Notre-Dame has been thought in this perspective, driven by the will to respect and honor the features of the pre-existing site.

This talk marks the start of Notre Dame de Paris, Redesigning the Parvis – The exhibition (Oct 24, 2023 – January 4, 2024)

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Alliance française de Chicago

The Alliance Française de Chicago is over 120 years old and is part of an international network of over 1,100 Alliances and affiliated cultural centers worldwide. It is the second oldest Alliance Française in the US and second largest after the Alliance Française in New York City. Classes are offered for all ages and levels of French, leading to certifications in French for professional purposes or simply for experiencing another language and its various cultures. It also hosts an impressive array of events, bringing notable lecturers to Chicago: authors, filmmakers and directors, winemakers, chefs, designers, historians, actors and performing artists.

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Driehaus Museum

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum engages and inspires the global community through exploration and ongoing conversations in art, architecture, and design of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions are presented in an immersive experience within the restored Samuel Mayo Nickerson Mansion, completed in 1883, at the height of the Gilded Age. The Museum’s collection reflects and is inspired by the collecting interests, vision, and focus of its founder, the late Richard H. Driehaus.


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Hana Pietri Gallery

Hana Pietri is an artist-run platform, a studio, gallery + art production space that promotes self-taught and contemporary artists through engaging exhibitions and special projects. Each initiative aims to cultivate an inclusive culture, strengthen bonds between communities and contribute to sustainable efforts that bring lasting, positive change on a local and international scale.

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