Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier, Treasures of the French Riviera
Menton / Cap Martin / Nice, France
May 5th - 8th, 2017
The region of Menton, on the Mediterranean coast near Monaco / Nice, is one of France’s best kept secrets when it comes to natural beauty and architectural heritage. The region also holds a special place in the history of modern architecture.
This three-day AIA Europe Architecture and Urbanism Conference will explore the relationship between architecture, nature, and the modern movement. Participants will visit the Cap Moderne, an important cultural site containing a set of mythical architectural icons in surroundings of outstanding natural beauty. The architects and historians responsible for the restoration and protection of the the Cap Moderne will lecture and give guided visits to Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027, Le Corbusier’s Cabanon and Holiday Cottages, and the bar-restaurant Etoile de Mer overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Conference participants will also learn about the region’s exceptional gardens with visits to several including Les Colombières (Ferdinand Bac’s Mediterranean Masterpiece), Serre de la Madone Garden (Conservatoire du Littoral), and others.
The conference will further expose participants to exceptional contemporary architecture of the region, with a private viewing and aperitif at the Jean Cocteau Museum designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti and the work of several notable young architectural practices who have recently drawn international recognition.
*Final program and learning units will be available on or before 01 March 2017.
Due to the limited visitor capacity at most venues, registration must be capped at 75 participants.
Participation in this conference requires good physical condition due to strenuous walking and climbing on steep stairs and paths at many of the venues. Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. Unfortunately, the Cap Moderne site is not yet accessible to physically disabled visitors.
Conference Organizing Committee
- Ray Spano, AIA (Chair)
- Claudia Devaux
- David Devaux, Int'l Assoc. AIA
- Isabel Meinecke, Int'l Assoc. AIA