Architect whose work stresses the intersections between architecture, urbanism and semiotics, co-founder of atelier d'architecture autogérée (aaa)
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Constantin Petcou is a Paris-based architect and semiotician. He is a co-founder of atelier d’architecture autogérée (aaa – Studio for Self-managed Architecture), a collective engaged in explorations, activities and research concerning sociopolitical practices in the contemporary city. aaa works with ‘urban tactics’, encouraging residents to manage disused urban spaces themselves, engage in nomadic and reversible projects, and initiate interstitial practices. The project has been awarded the European Prize for Urban Public Space and the Prix Grand Public des Architectures Contemporaines en Métropole Parisienne, both in 2010.
Constantin has co-edited Urban Act: A Handbook for Alternative Practice (2007) and Trans-Local-Act: Cultural Practices Within and Across (2010) and is co-author of R-Urban Act: a participative strategy of urban resilience together with Doina Petrescu.