Concrete Stories
Czech Republic, France 2014

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directed by Lorenz Findeisen, documentary, 72 min, eng subtitles written by Lorenz Findeisen

Monday 12.10.2015 - 20.00, Ancien Cinéma
Wednesday 14.10.2015 - 20.30, Neimënster (Salle Krieps)

French engineer imagined facing the housing crisis in Europe with a prefabricated concrete panel that would make it possible to assemble thousands of apartments. Both a capitalist invention and a Soviet symbol, these concrete slab buildings soon conquered the landscape of most (not only) Central and Eastern European cities and towns. In Concrete Stories, people from different countries who live in ‘prefab’ homes tell their stories related to this specific industrial housing projects born at the time of clashing ideologies between East and West. The film presents a European tale of standardisation that has dominated the lives of entire generations, connecting various stories from all around Europe to tackle the stigma that concrete panel buildings often have. A story of public housing in Europe told via a polyphony of voices of people who live in the housing projects, as well as those who built them, from 1948 to today.

Followed by a debate on Urbanism.

Pour faire face à la crise du logement d’après-guerre, un ingénieur français invente des panneaux en béton préfabriqués qui permettent de bâtir au plus vite des milliers d’appartements. Ce procédé sera exporté quelques années plus tard en Union soviétique. Mais, de Pantin à Moscou, ces logements se ressemblent tous. 

Ce film raconte l’histoire du logement social en Europe à travers la polyphonie des voix de ceux qui y vivent et de ceux qui en sont les artisans depuis 1948.

Suivi d'un débat sur l'urbanisme.

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