ON CITIES
 

WE ARE A PARIS-BASED ARCHITECTURE PRACTICE OFFERING CONSULTING TO PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BODIES CONCERNED WITH THE COMMON GOOD

/ E.U. WORK E.U. LIVE

“E.U. LIVE / E.U. WORK” is a transnational housing program providing a new typology of apartment hotel to boost the European labour mobility.

 
 

/ OSLO ARCHITECTURE TRIENNALE

“Villa Otium” is an alternative model for an urban communal villa, where tenants are completely freed from work and domestic labour.

 
 

/ BOBIGNY

The project proposes a mixed use masterplan for one of the most important areas of the Greater Paris, in terms of future urban development.

 
 

/ HOMEWORKS

An essay for Footprint, the T.U. DELFT architecture theory journal, on the ‘architecture of logistics’.

 
 

/ VILLA II

VILLA II is a mixed-used building that combined a single-family home with an industrial warehouse.
The project allowed us to explore a common building typology native to the Veneto metropolitan area, based on an ambiguous relationship between living and working spaces…

 
 

The project aims to provide the Za’atari camp’s citizens with not only a market but also an essential public place. The project consists of a simple structure framing a dormant space, open to the most unpredictable crowd-sourced initiatives.

 

/ PARIS HOUSING 10

The theme of the project is the "apartment building", the most common element of the Parisian urban landscape. We decided to question and reinterpret this typology by using the simplest architectural language.


/ COOKI

COOKI is an urban cooperative kitchen, composed of two spaces: a shared kitchen and a greenhouse ideal for an urban vegetable garden.

 
 

/ “GETTING BETTER” AND OTHER LIES

The research questions the fact that we are more emotionally involved consuming light entertainment than witnessing the global ecological collapse.

 
 

/ AL-ULA

ON CITIES partnered with AFALULA, the French Agency for the development of Al-ULA, the Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 
 

/ BATTLEFIELDS

The research aims to reminds us that cities are not just the object of real estate speculation, but rather—and most importantly—the battleground where different hegemonic orders are confronted.

 
 

/ SIDE EFFECTS

The research focuses on a specific topographical phenomenon called terril. In French the word terril describes artificial hills composed of residue created by the mining industry. Terrils are a collateral landscape—the unexpected result of an extinct industry, both a remnant and a monument…

ABOUT:

We are a Paris-based practice offering consulting to public and private bodies concerned with the common good. We believe that the “common good” is never a fixed mandate. Rather, it is a constantly shifting ambition.

The unceasing quest for the common good is what makes a city a city.

ON CITIES provides tailored solutions by operating on a wide range of domains, from masterplanning and architecture to editing and curating. Our DNA is profoundly multidisciplinary: we develop research on politics, economy, and design. We are experienced partnering with companies working in diverse fields, such as information design, civic-tech, agriculture, lifestyle and education.

We use architecture to question the lived and the built.

ON CITIES is led by Alban Guého and Marcello Tavone.

Alban Guého is a French architect. He holds a masters in Architecture from ENSA Paris-Val-de-Seine (FR). He has collaborated internationally with firms such as Dominique Perrault Architecture and Wilmotte & Associés. Alban has led numerous projects including Private Public Partnerships for public equipment, urban studies, and small-scale architectural interventions.
He also has a deep background in visual art and has executed several art installations.

Marcello Tavone studied at the Technische Universiteit Delft (NL) and at IUAV in Venice, where he graduated with a master in ‘Architecture for the city’. Through collaborations with the Parisian offices of l’AUC, Dominique Perrault and Wilmotte et Associés he has developed projects at various scales: from future-focused urban research to Private Public Partnerships to conceptual studies and curating. Marcello has worked with the French magazine Architecture d’Aujourd’hui and Footprint (the T.U. Delft journal of architectural theory). He has also served as guest critic at the École Speciale d’Architecture in Paris.

 

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