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Forgotten Housing Estates Of Paris Documented By Laurent Kronental
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Architecture, Photography6 years ago

Forgotten Housing Estates Of Paris Documented By Laurent Kronental

Every generation dreams of what will be, building structures of what it imagines the future will be like. For the last four years, French photographer Laurent Kronental has been documenting the lives of the senior citizens who now live in Paris’ big housing projects that were built between the 1950’s and 1980’s.

“Souvenir d’un Futur documents the life of senior citizens living in the “Grands Ensembles” (large housing projects) around Paris,” reads the artist statement. “He felt a need to examine their living conditions and shed light over a sometimes-neglected generation. Exposing these unsung and underestimated suburban areas is a means to reveal the poetry of aging environments slowly vanishing, and with them, the memory of modernist utopia.”

More info: laurentkronental.com (h/t: dyt, ignant)

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SusannaVesna
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6 years ago

These are amazing! For some reason I thought of Inception, cause these structures look unreal! Never knew Paris had such architecture! All we usually see is the Eiffel Tower and a couple of shots from Fashion Shows. This is a discover for me! And yes, would be good to know the names of these!

SiobhanSands
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6 years ago

http://www.wired.com/2015/11/laurent-kronental-souvenir-dun-futur-french-public-housing-nanterre/

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Bepina
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6 years ago

I would like to know more about the architects, to see blueprints, project details.. it's a bit sad to look at these photos, not just because of the old folk looking lonely but because it also speaks of a broken dream of a better world that we hoped to create after the atrocities of war. Post WWII architecture did thrive to produce buildings and estates with a hope of better future and better living conditions for people.. no such optimism anymore, it saddens me that we've lost it on general level

GuillaumeDucatillion
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6 years ago

So because most of you are not french this place look nice... in fact except the architectural beauty of theses building... they are the worst projects of the small belt of Paris... unfortunately... :( and defently not the charmy place it look like on those pictures...

GeorgÜberall
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6 years ago

there is nothing charmy about these pictures.. I think they're very sad

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SusannaVesna
Community Member
6 years ago

These are amazing! For some reason I thought of Inception, cause these structures look unreal! Never knew Paris had such architecture! All we usually see is the Eiffel Tower and a couple of shots from Fashion Shows. This is a discover for me! And yes, would be good to know the names of these!

SiobhanSands
Community Member
6 years ago

http://www.wired.com/2015/11/laurent-kronental-souvenir-dun-futur-french-public-housing-nanterre/

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Bepina
Community Member
6 years ago

I would like to know more about the architects, to see blueprints, project details.. it's a bit sad to look at these photos, not just because of the old folk looking lonely but because it also speaks of a broken dream of a better world that we hoped to create after the atrocities of war. Post WWII architecture did thrive to produce buildings and estates with a hope of better future and better living conditions for people.. no such optimism anymore, it saddens me that we've lost it on general level

GuillaumeDucatillion
Community Member
6 years ago

So because most of you are not french this place look nice... in fact except the architectural beauty of theses building... they are the worst projects of the small belt of Paris... unfortunately... :( and defently not the charmy place it look like on those pictures...

GeorgÜberall
Community Member
6 years ago

there is nothing charmy about these pictures.. I think they're very sad

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