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Urban Research, Interdisciplinary, LINA


2014, Paris, France

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New South
28 Bd Poissonnière
75009 Paris, France

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  • 2013 - Winner of Grand Prix, competition held by the Fondation Jacques Rougerie
  • 2014 - Winner of LafargeHolcim Next Generation Award, Sustainable Development prize _ Remade in Bangladesh
  • 2015 - Winner in France, Isover Multi-Comfort Housing competition (2nd place during international round)
  • 2015 - Honourable Mention, 2nd place, Europan 13, site of Vernon, France
  • 2016 - Médaille d’Argent, special prize given by the Académie d’Architecture
  • 2017 - Winner of Europan 14 international competition, site of Guebwiller, France : Articulations Productives
  • 2017 - Winner of FAIRE, open call for innovative projects, attributed by the Pavillon de l’Arsenal de la Ville de Paris : Hall Contributif
  • 2018 - Selected office, Échelle Un, platform supporting young architectural practices in France, École d’architecture de la ville & des territoires Paris-Est
  • 2019 - Expert, Fédération Nationale des Agences d’Urbanisme, Africa-France Summit
  • 2019 - Expert, Urbanistes Sans Frontières, Africa-France Summit
  • 2019 - Member of Steering Committee, Maison de l’Architecture en Île-de-France
  • 2020 - 40 Under 40 Award, attributed by The European Centre for Architecture and The Chicago Athenaeum

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New South is an international architecture, urban design and research practice based in Paris, France. The office is a collaboration between four partners of multidisciplinary and multicultural backgrounds: Meriem Chabani (Algeria, France), Etienne Chobaux (France), John Edom (Great Britain) and Maya Nemeta (France).

Making use of an anthropological approach, the practice engages with territories in tension: designing and building in post- and neo-colonial contexts through a dual approach of negotiation and representation. The work of New South focuses on the revitalisation of post-industrial cities, the interaction between sacred and secular space, and housing solutions for a globalised context. Each project is the subject of a critical practice that seeks to open up spaces that speak to power, engaging with political, social, linguistic and economic parameters as integral to each project’s design process.

The office was the recipient of a 2014 LafargeHolcim Next Generation Award, the 2017 winner of Europan 14 on the site of Guebwiller, France, and named as an Expert by the Fédération Nationale des Agences d’Urbanisme in preparation for the Africa-France Summit. In 2018, the installation, If Algae Mattered, a theoretical reworking of Mediterranean borders, was exhibited at the Fourth Istanbul Design Biennial. In 2020, the office was the recipient of a Europe 40 Under 40 award, given by The European Centre for Architecture and The Chicago Athenaeum.



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