Under the direction of Patrizia Laudati and Hafida Boulekbache

To borrow a term from Lamizet (2007), a city is a polyphonic space, one which presents its particular architecture and therefore a number of systems of expressions and meanings. Resulting from various projects and the design expertise of a wide range of contributors and of plural identities, a city is founded on both individual and collective history, all of which is closely related to modes of appropriation and customs.
This issue of M.E.I. comes within the scope of interdisciplinary research projects calling on communication and information sciences, architecture, spatial semiotics and cultural studies.
Therefore the authors explored various dimensions : the writing and the reading of urban spaces, urban spaces as a place and subject of public debate, the representation methods of architecture, the forms of spatial mediation, the evolution of architectural design process towards more collaborative practices, etc.
During the interwiew, Yves Jeanneret and Thierry Paquot provided rich insights into the relationship between architecture and communication : epistemological, disciplinary, methodological, cultural, semantic, social.




Les contributions de ce numéro interrogent l’Exposition du point de vue de sa production et/ou de sa réception et en fonction de sa valeur de communication. Fortement orientées ou librement...

Corte : un village de bergers qui devient une ville universitaire


Abstract : In the center of Corsica there is Corté, a summary of time on space. A village of shepherds and the media of the 1980s liked to describe this town that will gradually turn into a university town. Throughout this architecture we...

Pour une lecture sensible de l’espace urbain : l’impact du contexte social sur la représentation sociocognitive de la ville


Abstract : To understand how the city is perceived by its inhabitants requires the interpretation of its socio-spatial representations by its users. In this approach, the urban object is studied in its multiple dimensions including its...

La « titraillologie [1] », lire et parler la presse à Douala


Abstract : Crossing the streets of Douala, the economic capital, we are marked by the striking spectacle of crowds coagulated in front of the newsstands. Newspaper sales have been dropping since the 1990s. Failing to buy them, people are...

Les médiations architecturales dans l’aménagement culturel. Ethnographie visuelle de la bibliothèque de l’Alcazar à Marseille


Abstract : To better communicate its architectural work to the customer (interpersonal communication), the designer is supposed to properly design its communication during its exercise creative. Thus, the communication appears for a...

Communiquer l’architecture de la Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris par des dispositifs cartographiques numériques

Marie CAMBONE - Marie-Sylvie POLI

Abstract : Our paper aims to understand the communication issues of the mediation practices of urban spaces proposed by digital devices of architecture mediation. We analyze the devices implemented to enhance the architectural heritage of...

Cette image qui parle. Sur quelques contradictions de l’image de synthèse en architecture


Abstract : The aim of this article is to question the debate on computer-generated renderings in architecture as representative of internal contradictions within the architectural discipline. The architectural discipline has gone under...

Architecture et médiation : des outils pour le renouvellement urbain


Abstract : In its contemporary configuration, empowerment—when applied to city production— insists on the exigence of an argued debate between citizens eased by the public force. Even though this rarely reach consensus, new...

Modèle diglossique de l’évolution des villes algériennes : Constat et éléments de réponse


A pedagogical experiment on the urban development of the city of Mostaganem, oscillating between planned urban sprawl and spontaneous political decisions, enabled us to identify a phenomenon assimilated to diglossia.
This phenomenon is reflected in...

Le musée et la ville, mutations architecturales de l’institution muséale

Paul RASSE - Vincent LAMBERT

The original museums had a panoptic organization, which was indispensable for the composition of natural history and for aesthetics. This function started to recede at the end of the last century. The museums then reinvented themselves, by turning into an...

La signalétique d’interprétation d’Annecy : métaforme de l’étiquette d’exposition

This article deals with the hypothesis that the artificial project developed by a student in a learning framework has crucial interactions with his design environment, just as the project designed by an architect does in a professional one. Instead of...

La carte fish-eye pour le projet de la ville de Sendai au Japon : Échelles imbriquées, espaces communs et représentations partagées


During the 1970s, the “Sendai Developers Committee” was established by the Sendai Municipality and brought together the central government, the private sector and academics. This committee has developed a vast plan for the city, called “the ideal...

Concevoir sa communication pour mieux communiquer sa conception architecturale


To better communicate its architectural work to the customer (interpersonal communication), the designer is supposed to properly design its communication during its exercise creative. Thus, the communication appears for a designer as a purpose, enabling it...

Portes, balcons, escaliers, couloirs, murs et fenêtres… Les objets architecturaux du passage dans la bande dessinée franco-belge : des opérateurs narratifs graphiques ?


What role does architecture plays in comic books? The comic book tells stories and architecture gives him a stage to play them. In this article we wanted to show that architecture, as “objects of passage” (door, window, staircase, balcony etc.), also...