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Michel Corajoud, In Memoriam

From Nature to the City


The French landscape architect Michel Corajoud, known for a long and influential professional career complemented by dedication to the École Nationale Supérieure du Paysage of Versailles, which he co-founded in 1977, died in Paris at age 77. Trained in the landscaping school of France’s agriculture ministry, Corajoud started out in the office of Henri Ciriani and Borja Huidobro, and with them designed the Parc de la Villaneuve in Grenoble, a foretaste of the urban projects he would carry out through the decades in collaboration with architects like Renzo Piano. His greatest work, the huge Parc du Sausset en Seine in Saint-Denis, is the best example of his idea of landscaping as rigorous analysis of urban spaces.

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