Reveal an intimate relationship between contemporary architecture, an installation, and a heritage site

The Festival takes place in the heart of the city of Montpellier, in the Ecusson, and more specifically in courtyards of certain mansions, thus offering a visitors a sort of architectural discovery route. One one hand, the objective of FAV Montpellier is to open these emblematic places to visitors during the festival.


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Theme: Rhythm

2024, the Olympic year in Paris, is an opportunity to re-examine the relationship that architecture has with the body, performance, discipline, and the movements and structures resulting from it. Sport has long been closely linked to the arts and literature. Closer to home, Bernard Tschumi affirms that "there is no architecture without movement in space”, affirming what he has extensively and previously experienced through the “notations” in which he highlights, by means of diagrams and other photograms, the complex relationship between space, time, movement, and event.


FAV 2023- The flowers of disease - HAGOJO Architects
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FAV 2023- Livrons-Nous - Le DEUNFF Viviane / MARIE Camille / JEANJEAN Charlottes - Architects
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FAV 2023 - CON-TEMP(S)L(E)-ATION - ALAUX Mathilde / DUBOIS Clémence Architects
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FAV 2023 - Washi Paper - YET Architecture
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By accurately visualizing the decomposition and variation of the athletes' movements, the chronophotography of Etienne-Jules Marey, and then of Eadweard Muybridge, made it possible to understand their functioning. This technique combines discontinuities in flow between scientific accuracy and poetic and aesthetic reverie, giving the illusion of movement.


FAV 2023 - Ici Fût - LAFLEUR CHARTIER Christophe Architect
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FAV 2023 - MAKE A WISH - Clestudia & WOW estudio - Architects
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FAV 2023 - Matière Morte - AJAM Architect
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FAV 2023 - Two point five planets - SPINOLA Vicente - Architect
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Composed of a succession of more or less long sequences that follow each other at a particular cadence, each movement, thanks to its singular variations, has its own unique rhythm. For musician John Cage, "Rhythm is a fundamental matter; it is the structure of time."


FAV 2023 - MédiFAV - School of Architecture of Grenoble
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FAV 2023 - Pyramis Misicam - FABRICARE Architect
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FAV 2023 - The Holy Wells - SCHAENGOLD David / TYRON Jérôme Architects
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FAV 2023 - Vérité - LoCo Architectes
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Method of selection

The consultation is open to young architects and landscape architects. The aim is to promote young architectural creation. It is possible to form a multidisciplinary team, but it must comprise at least one architect. The Festival takes place in the heart of the city of Montpellier, in the Ecusson, and more specifically in courtyards of certain mansions, thus offering a visitors a sort of architectural discovery route.


It must use this form, and applications must be sent as a single PDF file not exceeding 10MB.

Application file

The application file must consist of the following documents:

  • Presentation of the team to download and send back to its members, with the Curriculum Vitae of each member. (Required) - 1 A4 format per team member.
  • Illustrated references of your architectural achievements, installations, competitions, etc. (mandatory).
  • Note of intent with regard to the theme of the Festival des Architectures Vives. This note of about one page must express how the candidate envisages his installation and must be accompanied by an image (mandatory).
Selection results

January 2024


December 4th, 2023 at 23:59PM, time French

For the ten selected teams
  • The Festival will take place from June 11th to 16th, 2024
  • The installation and dismantling of the installations must be carried out on-site by the team itself, from June 5th to 10, 2024
  • Dismantling is scheduled for June 17th, 2024
  • It will be possible to visit the sites during an organized visit in February 2024
  • A subsidy of €1,500.00, including tax, will be allocated to each of the 10 projects carried out
  • The book of the 18th edition presenting the achievements will be published at the end of 2024

About the Festival des Architectures Vives

The Festival des Architectures Vives seeks to answer to the evolution of architectural practice which, by integrating all the domains related to its culture, no longer hesitates to assert itself through realizations. “Lively Architectures” are short-lived and evolutionary by nature; localized, registered in a short temporality, and conceived of for a specific place. Each year, the Festival is well attended, and more than 13,000 visitors were welcomed in 2023.