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Françoise-Hélène Jourda Dies

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The French architect Françoise-Hélène Jourda, one of the greatest champions of sustainable building in her country, died on 31 May. Born in 1955, Jourda studied in Lyon, and was from the start marked by a militant ecologism and the influence of Prouvé, Foster, and Erskine, whom she considered her master. All this was forged in works showing strong sensitivity to energy problems and the nature of materials, executed first with Gilles Perraudin and then solo, including the Mont-Cenis Training Center in Herne-Sodingen (1999) and the University of Marne-la-Vallée (1992). Since fifteen years ago she had held a pioneering ‘architectural ecology’ chair at the Vienna University of Technology.

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