Le Carré Bleu

feuille Internationale d'architecture

Terms for the handing over of the Carré Bleu April 19th 2003

The Carré Bleu will be handed over to the new association provided that it gives editorial objectives which will not be in contradictions, in their spirit, with the editorial criteria which were the ones of the review from 1958 to April, 19th 2003, and which are summarized as follows. All editorial adjustments to present time are not only envisaged, but welcome.

Le Carré Bleu is a review of analysis and detachment, but also of stances and immediate response to events.

Some principles
LArchitecture, urban art, town and territorial planning must be, first of all, attempts to meet essential social problems.
The Carré Bleu has the task of denouncing abnormalities, gaps, injustice concerning training, teaching, research and practice as to the built heritage and the environment; of denouncing then, and if possible, of proposing.
The Carré Bleu must try and set all relations between all the forms of creation, since this produces openness and richness.
The review must make a permanent effort of critical clarification to replace the recent or new creations in a historic continuity which takes into account what appears accessory or essential in architectural movements.
Critical clarification means judgement, stance, fighting spirit, if it is necessary, the weapons and tools of which must be inspired by an intellectual honesty, an ethic and an independence comparable to those which have characterised and justified the review since its foundation in Helsinki, 1958 (read the 167 issues published …)
A review in which the tendency to privilege the past, the present or the future, does not rule out reactivity to novelty when it has an impact on the places and ways of living of man.
An international review, bilingual in its own characteristic, with collaborators who are not exclusively Europeans. In spite of different nationalities, it is necessary to look for collaborators, in all countries, whose “intellectual reflexes” have to be coherent with the criteria stated in this document.

The Carré Bleu was first titled “feuille internationale d’architecture”. At that time it was a folder. It would be possible to go back to this more economical form, but it would also be more difficult to plan it because it would necessary to select the accessory, that is turned down, from the essential, that is dealt with. Il would be also possible to choose other forms of physical, graphic, electronic and other presentations.

It is interesting to remember that the Carré Bleu, born in Finland in 1958, from the dissolution of C.I.A.M., has been able to take part in the great international movements of architecture at certain times of its life, and has been an arena in particular for architects who were theoreticians and at the same time would put their theories into practice (Team X). If the Carré Bleu is able to bring to life again this richness, which involves confrontation between theory and its material expression, becoming or being again the privileged place for the actors of this exceptional practice, it would be of extraordinary