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Study trips:


From April 29th to May 6th 2007, 4th year students were able to discover New York, the biggest city in the United States, "world capital of sky scrapers" which has more than eight million inhabitants.

The visit’s tours took in Manhattan Island and Brooklyn.

Among the projects visited were :

- SoHo Housing by Jean Nouvel,
- the LVMH tower by Christian de Portzamparc,
- the Museum of Modern Art by Yoshio Taniguchi,
- the site of the World Trade Center and Daniel Libeskind’s reconstruction project,
- the Blue Tower by Bernard Tschumi and the recently finished New York Times Building by Italian architect Renzo Piano,
-the third largest tower in New York equal with the Chrysler Building, both 319 meters high.

Teachers in charge: Dominique Jézéquellou and Frédéric Sotinel.


From 4 to 10 May 2008, fourth year students participated in a study trip. After New York in 2007, the capital of Finland was chosen for 2008. The architectural routes proposed by Dominique JEZEQUELLOU and Frédéric SOTINEL were the chance to explore the city of Helsinki. Over a week, students discovered, on the Baltic sea, a city with one million inhabitants that, throughout its long history of urbanisation, has managed to preserve and develop close ties with nature (the forest, rocky outcrops, underground infrastructures, etc.). Many of the city’s districts prove this: the Tapiola city garden, the former port and industrial zones of Ruoholhati and Arabianranta, now transformed into residential zones overlooking the sea. The city also meets its environmental targets through projects like the Viiki eco-district. The new church in this district and the Finnforest and Espoo office buildings attest to Finnish know-how in terms of wooden constructions. The imprint of Alvar Aalto is naturally present through exemplary creations such as the auditorium and the library of the Otaniemi university. A visit to the architectural museum of Kiasma and the museum of contemporary art designed by Steven Holl ended this architectural panorama.