All Purpose (À toutes fins utiles)

AA Gallery 14/11/2014 - 13/12/2014

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00–19:00, Saturday 10:00–15:00.


The architectural thought of Auguste Perret (1874-1954) was dedicated to defining a set of characteristics peculiar to the recently discovered material, reinforced concrete. His output demonstrates a radical approach and represents a departure from the construction traditions of the time. In parallel, it can also be perceived as a classical practice, following the ideas of Viollet-Le-Duc, among others.

A series of themes spreads through Perret’s work – facades, the sovereign shelter, the inclusion of a space into another, the structural expression, etc. These themes constitute the fundamental elements of his method and one can find them in every scheme. In this exhibition each element is used as the starting point for a new project – the final set of design propositions gives a clear view of Auguste Perret’s repertoire: column, profile, structure, shelter, cabinet, room, portico and vault.

This work was developed with a third-year studio at ENSA-Versailles – a space created for research that brings together theory and practice. The projects on show evoke proto-architectures and inhabitable open structures instead of architectural answers to predetermined functional requirements. The approach refers to Perret’s pronouncement during the construction of Palais d’Iéna, “ [...] a vast, all purpose shelter. Today it houses civil engineering equipment. Tomorrow we could have sculptures exhibited here [...].”

Organised by: Cédric Libert and Thomas Raynaud
Contributing students: Roxane Belot, Charles Bourely, Julien Bricout, Evalyne Chancel,Thomas Charil, Alice Desamais, Arnaud Despretz, Maria Del Mar Flores Flo, Simon Genillier, Lucas Huvet, Amaury Lefevere, Manon Muller, Julie Rondeau, Charles Rosenfeld, Antoine Souché and Thomas Yaher

À toutes fins utiles was originally developed as a contribution to the exhibition Auguste Perret: Huit Chefs d'œuvre !/? curated by Rem Koolhaas OMA/AMO and Joseph Abram and organised by the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) in collaboration with Fondazione Prada at the Palais d'Iéna – ESEC headquarters in 2013.

This exhibition is supported by: ENSA-Versailles and Fondazione Prada

Related Events:
Gallery Talk: Cédric Libert in conversation with Alice Grégoire (OMA/AMO), Paul Cournet (OMA/AMO) and Max Kahlen. Saturday 15 November, 11.00am, Admission Free

Foreign Correspondence

Front Members' Room 14/11/2014 - 13/12/2014

Exhibitions are open Monday to Friday 10:00–19:00, Saturday 10:00–15:00.


Foreign Correspondence brings together six photographic projects portraying the cities of Buenos Aires, Guatemala, Havana, Medellin, Monterrey and Panama - a selection indicative of the cultural and geographical diversity of Latin America.


While a written description of a place can originate entirely in the imagination (travel writers who never travelled are not uncommon) a photographic survey results from the direct engagement of a photographer. The principal challenge of representing a city lies in identifying the political, social, and economic markers embedded in ordinary spaces whose very familiarity can make them imperceptible to those who experience them daily.


The makers of these pictures share the stance of outsiders, invested in understanding the complexity of their adopted surroundings. They utilize a range of visual resources, from the seemingly objective typology to the lyrical snapshot, as a way of establishing a critical dialogue with the history of the medium and its documentary impulse. The exhibition contests the assumption that a foreign view is inevitably imposing or naive; pondering instead what is gained and lost by distinct attempts to make visible the social and ecological impact of the built environment on everyday lives.


Alejandro Cartagena
Ferit Kuyas
Tom Griggs
Thomas Locke Hobbs
Irina Rozovsky
Arturo Soto


Supported by Metro Imaging.

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Head of Exhibitions:
Vanessa Norwood
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4031

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