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Date(s) - 30/04/2014
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

jadavpur university


Promoting colonial architectural heritage of  Bengal in the context of the development of cultural tourism. Indeed, colonial architecture not only bears the traces of colonial exploitation but also highlights the assimilation of two distant foreign cultures. A study of these vestiges which are easily visible on 50 kilometres of bank of the river Hooghly, between Kolkata and the town of Tribeni, is an open air museum chronicling several centuries of history. Often these vestiges consist of ancient administrative buildings, all having been generally built with local materials (and thus, often very eco-friendly); these are such buildings which should be studied toward their integration into a tangible, sustainable as well as  exploitable heritage.


Guest Speakers :

1422476_589176201137548_704226848_n1.Florence Bougnoux

architect, town-planner and urban designer, founder-partner of SEURA

She will present some new town projects in France, as well as the Grand Paris Project, which aims to extend Paris to include 12 million inhabitants. She will explore the multiple problems a project like that has to face  : communication, housing, etc.


1.Florence Bougnoux : architect, town-planner and urban designer, founder-partner of SEURA

Florence Bougnoux has  her gained expertise from working on French urban projects, such as city centres and public transport and public and private housing projects with her partners at SEURA.

Her environmentally conscious approach to urbanism and urban design led her to eco-design with four main points used to evaluate and define the environmental objectives of an Eco-city:

1.        Ecological footprint and Energy

2.        Water

3.        Biodiversity and the well-being of inhabitants

4.        Waste


She co-founded  la Société d’études d’urbanisme et d’architecture (SEURA)[ the society for the study of town planning and architecture] in 1989 with Jean-Marc Fritz and David Mangin (town planning grand prize winner, 2008), who gave two lectures in BESU and Jadavpur universities last week.

Florence Bougnoux has led various SEURA projects, where her work and her interests have been focused on complex urban challenges such as the proposed development of an eco-city of one inhabitants in Huludao (China), as shown at the Universal exhibition in  Shanghai (2010),  as well as an eco project covering 160 hectares in Douai France, amongst other French developments.

She has also worked on the typology and integration of buildings into an urban environment, and on the design of building fronts. Florence Bougnoux also redesigned the central courtyards in faubourg Saint-Antoine using her knowledge of both industrial and trade skills to create the building fronts

Her interests also extend to street furniture and design.


davidmangin2. David MANGIN

Urban planner, Cabinet SEURA

David is an architect and urban planner. He is a professor at l’Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and at l’Ecole D’Architecture de la Ville et des Territoires de Marne-La-Vallée (also invited to teach at the National University of Singapore).

He is a member of PUCA and AIGP scientific committees, and he is the coordinator of a group gathered around Seura Architects at the « Atelier International du Grand Paris »

In 1989 he joined SEURA Agency, working with Florence Bougnoux and Jean-Marc Fritz with whom he has achieved several urban development projects in France, including the realization of infrastructure and public spaces (les Halles, Toulouse, Douai, Marseille) and housing projects (Brulon-Cîteaux, Nanterre, Grande-Synthe). French firm Seura, headed by architect David Mangin, was selected in 2003 to redesign the Les Halles quarter in Paris (beating other contenders including Architectures Jean Nouvel, Winy Maas and Rem Koolhaas).

David Mangin was awarded the Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme (grand prize for urban development) in 2008.

He is the author of the 2004 best-seller, « La Ville franchisée », « La Ville passante », and« Paris-Babel, une mégapole européenne ».

David Mangin is a member of the scientific committee of La Fabrique de la Cité (The City Factory).