The city of Bordeaux represented through an urban journal. Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine tell us about the identity of a public space that has gone through great change in the collective mind of the city once known as the Port of Moon.
Bêka and Lemoine’s lucid, empathic, and playful method doesn’t work only behind close doors. Any area tapped by architecture is susceptible of being narrated through those who use it, and the duo’s perspective gives them back their original and main status: people. In the renovated boardwalk of Bordeaux –declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco a decade ago– its new Voyage autour de la Lune finds an exceptional fauna of urban tribes, travelling musicians, and devotees of outlandish religions. They are all treated with the same respect, curiosity, and attention. And in the intimacy built by B and L, those life stories that seem to follow the whimsical path of the Garona River also manage to depict a whole city. AM
D, G, E, DA: Ila Bêka, Louise Lemoine F: Ila Bêka S: Louise Lemoine M: Walter Fuji, Lo Studio P: Filippo Clericuzio PE: Filippo Clericuzio, Sara Gardella CP: Bêka&Partners
Bêka&Partners. Sara Gardella T +39 339 184 2284 E email@example.com W living-architectures.com
He was born in Italy and studied architecture. In 2005, he founded, along with Louise Lemoine, the platform Bêka&Partners.
She was born in France and graduated in film and philosophy from the Sorbonne, in Paris.