New imaginaries

This theme raises the question of the new forms of narrative driving the emergence of a new post-anthropocene aesthetic, moving towards more inclusive models of our relation to the environment.

  • Massy
  • 2026
  • Work in progress
  • Massy
  • 2026
  • Work in progress
Fabrique de l'Art

In a context of changing cultural practices that question the future of museums, the Centre Pompidou launched a competition for the creation of a new conservation center. This competition was won by the architectural firm PCA-STREAM under “La Fabrique de l'Art” (The Art Factory) project submission. Housing the collections of the Centre Pompidou and the Picasso Museum, it will offer a comprehensive collection and conservation facility leveraging an innovative approach whereby, under one building, there will be both a facility for cutting-edge research/conservation and a public engagement space. The project, which is set within a delightful park, will become a new central location for residents of the Île-de-France region.

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Nose to nose with the world

Never once has Sissel Tolaas, Norwegian artist, chemist, linguist and researcher, uttered the word “perfume”. For the past twenty-five years, she has been collecting, inventing and breathing new life into smells, refusing to be part of the world’s aseptisation. Through her olfactory installations, she invites us to sense reality, its geography and its temporality. Most recently, she has recreated the smell of Pompeii, between sensory experience and memory of the past.

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  • Paris
  • 2020
  • Delivered
  • Paris
  • 2020
  • Delivered
The “Champs-Élysées — history & perspectives” study

The Champs‑Élysées, History & Perspectives exhibition presents the study conducted between 2018 and 2020 at the behest of the Comité Champs‑Élysées by PCA-STREAM in collaboration with some fifty researchers, historians, scientists, engineers, artists, and economic and cultural actors from France and abroad. It traces the development of “the most beautiful avenue in the world,” analyzes its current usages, and proposes a vision of its potential evolutions in response to the challenges this area of the city faces in the present day. The Champs-Élysées is becoming a collective space to experiment with the development of a sustainable, desirable and inclusive city by 2030 through focusing on four main strategic priorities: reducing the impact of urban mobilities, rethinking nature as an ecosystem, seeking new uses, and the use of data for measurement and regulation.

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Looking at the city from a gender perspective

For feminist geographer Leslie Kern, the urban environment is not neutral and stems from norms and power dynamics. She calls for a greater variety of urban user needs to be examined, and for physicality to be reintroduced into urban design. This translates into spatial and social interventions around mixed use considerations and taking into account marginalised voices in decision-making processes.

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  • Versailles
  • Work in progress
  • Versailles
  • Work in progress
Tourist Office of Versailles

The new Versailles Tourist Office is intended to improve the reception of the millions of tourists to the château, while allowing them to discover the richness and variety of the city's cultural activities. In dialogue with a contemporary grove by landscape designer Nicolas Gilsoul, PCA-STREAM reinterprets the figure of the pavilion to offer a sober and minimal building, combining modernity and classicism, as a synthesis of what Versailles can offer the world.

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  • Montpellier
  • 2019
  • Delivered
  • Montpellier
  • 2019
  • Delivered
MOCO — Contemporary art center

A new institution for the arts in Montpellier, the MOCO brings together the Panacée and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole around the Montcalm Hotel. This headquarters for contemporary creation aims to federate the art scene in Southern France, and to break with cultural centralism, while at the same time avoiding a repetition of the “Bilbao” recipe of the spectacular object. It explores the possibilities for the transformation of the city through art in line with an organic model that rises to the contemporary challenges of regenerating historic cores and recycling existing architecture. The MoCo is in phase with a younger generation’s aspirations towards collective appropriation, co-production and the idea of making do with and together.

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  • Tours - France
  • 2007
  • Delivered
  • Tours - France
  • 2007
  • Delivered
Center for Contemporary Creation in Tours

The Center for Contemporary Creation (CCC) of Tours occupied a dilapidated location that was devoid of identity. PCA-STREAM conducted an experimental reflection on the identity of this place of artistic production, eventually leading to an architectural project of a second skin for the façade. One hundred and fifty blades of LED-backlit Plexiglas make up an organic and shifting scenery that interacts with the street and the public. This hybrid object between sculpture and architecture has become the emblem of the CCC.

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  • Kiev
  • 2006
  • Delivered
  • Kiev
  • 2006
  • Delivered
Pinchuk Art Centre

PCA-STREAM has designed a museum for the art collection of the Ukrainian philanthropist Victor Pinchuk in the heart of the historical city center of Kiev. Inaugurated in 2006, this center is a beacon for contemporary art in Eastern Europe and has contributed to the promotion of cultural exchanges between the East and the West these past ten years.

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Léonie Debrabandère

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Is the city going round in circles?

Léonie Debrabandère is the Director of the WAAO, Lille’s architecture center, and curator of the exhibition “La ville tourne en rond?” How can we get away from anthropocentric, productivist logics and create a city that self-regulates, regenerates and recycles itself? The exhibition takes us on a semantic and tangible exploration of the circular city, allowing anyone to implement re-usable solutions on all scales.

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Pablo Valbuena

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Representing modularity

Pablo Valbuena is a visual artist. He creates rhythmic light installations to represent time and movement, altering our perceptions of space. His “illusions” distort reality and reveal imperceptible information. We collaborated together on the creation of the Modulation artwork, a series of luminous combinations evoking modularity.

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Perig Pitrou

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City-Metabolism Chair

Périg Pitrou is an anthropologist at the CNRS and head of the “Anthropology of Life” team at the Collège de France. He is Scientific Director of the City-Metabolism Chair, which brings together PCA-STREAM and PSL University (Paris Sciences et Lettres). The aim: to identify how interdisciplinary collaborations can help overcome the challenges of building the urban worlds of the future.

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Dorcas Mabanza-Kuma

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The Urban Fable of Informality

Dorcas Mabanza-Kuma is a graduate from the architectural school ENSA Versailles. In her final thesis, which won an award from the Maison de l’Architecture Île-de-France, architecture turns into a place between fiction and documentation to question the ways of dwelling that are customarily described as informal. A matter of perspective…

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  • Tours / Paris
  • 2007
  • Delivered
  • Tours / Paris
  • 2007
  • Delivered
Light room

"Pièce Lumineuse" is both a piece of architecture and a work of art. It was developed for the Center for Contemporary Creation in Tours and the Palais de Tokyo by PCA-STREAM and Orlan, a pioneering artist and theoretician of “Carnal Art.” This work explores the sensual and experimental dimension of Orlan’s oeuvre, while at the same time illustrating the rich exchanges and artistic collaborations that PCA-STREAM promotes in order to bring some degree of “otherness” to its design work.

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“ Meteorology as a Model of Thought. ”

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“ Meteorology as a Model of Thought. ”


Meteorology as a Model of Thinking

Anouchka Vasak is a lecturer in French literature. At the juncture between climate history and climate science, she elaborates a model of thinking based on meteorology, shifting like clouds. Her book 1797 – Pour une pensée météore [1797 – For Meteorology as a Model of Thought] is its “Discourse on the Method”.

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Maximizing reuse, minimizing transformation

Maximum is a design studio that maximizes the value of waste; its material, its form and its engineering. Some materials are transformed in a semi-industrial process while others give birth to unique pieces, such as the glass walls of the Centre Pompidou caterpillar.

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Don't forget to feed your pet-painting!

Michel Blazy is a tamer artist, whose work results from collaborations with snails, mosquitoes, molds or bacteria. Exhibited at the Portique (Centre d’art contemporain du Havre) until December 18, he questions, through his living works, the temporality of art and the borders between the living and the non-living, the natural and the artificial. Extract of the article Encouraging the matter published in STREAM 04 : The paradoxes of the living

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Histories and imagineries of climate change

Jean-Baptiste Fressoz is a historian of science, technology, and the environment. He contributed to popularizing the concept of the Anthropocene in France with his book The Shock of the Anthropocene, which he co-wrote with Christophe Bonneuil. With Les Révoltes du ciel [The Revolts of the Sky], co-written with Fabien Locher, he traces the history of our relations to climate change to put into perspective our contemporary vision of environmental issues.

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A contemporary planetarium

Currently a curator at Foundation LUMA in Arles, Martin Guinard is co-curator, with Bruno Latour and Eva Lin, of the 2020 Taipei Biennial of Contemporary Art. The exhibition consisted in a planetarium in which each version of the Earth reflects different lifestyles, as well as the ways in which we predict the future, and was also held, in a scaled-down version, from November 2021 to April 2022 at the Centre Pompidou Metz.

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Cardboard landscapes

The artist, whose work is being exhibited until March 20, 2022, at the Paris Museum of Hunting and Nature, reproduces forms that history has endlessly discarded and returned to. By imitating nature in order to draw closer to it, she evokes myths both ancient and contemporary. Between rebirth and abandonment, immerse yourself in her cardboard gardens.

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Geoglasswork: territories of materials

Lucile Viaud is a designer and “geoglass” artist. Working from salvaged materials, she crafts objects that carry within them the history of the territories from where the materials originate. Its snail or abalone shells, forgotten sands, and powdered seaweed are slices of fleeting time and result in objects that cannot be replicated.

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In the School of the Urban Anthopocene

The challenge of the Anthropocene must be addressed through cities, not only because they cluster challenges, but also because, according to Michel Lussault, their desirability will not decline in spite of various crises. The urbanity specific to the “relational city” remains crucial as an experience of otherness, and, in that respect, going full digital or generalized teleworking would represent a “counter-social” development. The increasing complexity of our global urbanization reinforces the systemic inscription of cities and drives urbanism towards ever-increasing levels of cross-disciplinarity, an approach he promotes at the École Urbaine de Lyon, in particular around the “common health” concept, intended to spatially approach issues of social justice, public healthcare, and ecosystem restoration.

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Inclusive Intelligence

Nicolas Bourriaud

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Inclusive Intelligence

Artists are contemporaries of the transformations of their time and find themselves immersed in the biosphere, in a gesture of rupture from the dualisms of Western thought. Nicolas Bourriaud views this as stemming from “inclusive thought.” Far removed from the representations of human beings as positioned at the center of their “environment,” like figures against a background, inclusive art expresses a realization of our entanglement within all living milieux. Moving beyond the “formulas of subjugation” generated by binary thought and epitomized since Aristotle by the divide between matter and form, active and passive, and nature and culture, contemporary artists cooperate with the living and compose networks of relations.

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Design with care

Antoine Fenoglio & Cynthia Fleury

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Design with care

As multidisciplinary practices based on attention to a variety of intelligences are developing in response to contemporary complexity, the encounter between philosopher Cynthia Fleury and designer Antoine Fenoglio offers an example of an intersection of practices enriching a common vision around the “Design with Care” approach. This allows for “design with intent” based on the idea that fragility can help systemically extend the design practice to environmental and social issues. With the “proof of care” concept, experimentation itself becomes a form of care that leads to pondering modes of governance. Within this multidisciplinary approach of care, designers become integrators and act as diplomats between different types of expertise, building on their know-how in representation and prototyping.

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The RER A Regional Express Railway: walking as a design tool

Manon Denerier recently graduated from the interior design school École Camondo, receiving full honors for her exploratory work along the regional express railway line RER A.  Shedding the functionalist logic of mobility (11 hours on foot instead of a 33-minute ride), she engaged in a sensory experience of a journey through “invisible cities,” proposing micro-amenities to raise their profile.

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stream voices

Eager to share more generously the results of its collaborations and research, PCA-STREAM publishes STREAM VOICES, its online magazine!

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