French architecture tour: The French approach to the sustainable and desirable city

The conference “The French approach to the Sustainable & Desirable City” is organized on November 3, as part of the economic program of the France pavilion at Expo 2020, the 12 participants of this business program, can seize a unique opportunity to speak at the conference, considering that all should attend panel discussions on Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE, focusing on:

  • “Structuring elements of the city”,
  • “The challenges of tourism”,
  • And “The Reversible City”.

“This 5-day immersive program conveys the unique vision of 12 architectural firms, which combine a strong and ambitious aesthetic with a virtuous, dynamic and environmentally friendly design. This mission aimed to present the next generation of French architects as part of Saudi Arabia’s “Vision 2030” urban development plan and its giga-projects as well as the “Dubai Urban Masterplan Plan 2040” said Foued KEFIF – Head of the Industry & Cleantech department, at Business France Moyen-Orient.

The contribution of French architects and engineers to the expansion of cities and the modernization of architecture in the Middle East, over the centuries, testifies to the exchanges and numerous technical and artistic collaborations between France and the Middle East. Through its ancestral history and its rich architectural heritage, France has established itself as a leader in heritage conservation and rehabilitation.


For more information, do not hesitate to contact:
Miryem Oukas
Head of Communications – Middle East
Mail: [email protected]


Business France is the national support agency for the international development of the French economy, responsible for promoting the growth of exports by French companies, as well as promoting and facilitating international investments in France. It promotes companies, the image of companies and the national attractiveness of France as a place of investment, and also manages the VIE international internship program.


AFEX, Architecte d’Outre-Mer, is a non-profit association with more than 200 members: around a hundred architectural firms but also engineers, planners, landscapers, etc. and industrialists. AFEX is a national and international promotional tool for French architects and architecture.

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12 architectural firms to discover:

ATELIERS HB ARCHITECTS: (Architecture and Town Planning Agency)

ARCHITECTURESTUDIO: (International practice in architecture, urban planning and interior design)

ARCHITECTURE WORKSHOP 2: (International architecture and design)

MAISON EDOUARD FRANCOIS: (House of Architecture. Designers of new forms of ecological, unique and innovative habitat).

STUDIO FALAJ: (Landscaper) KOZ ARCHITECTS: (Sustainable architecture agency. Wood construction) ORIGIN.ARCHI – TOM SHEEHAN WORKSHOP AND PARTNERS (ATSP): (Architecture workshop. Eco-construction technologies that have proven their effectiveness and simple solutions that guarantee the durability of the structure.) AIA LIFE DESIGNERS: (Architects, designers, engineers, draftsmen, economists, graphic designers, work managers, work assistants, interior architects, etc. A major ingredient of the The identity of the AIA group is its commitment to environmental projects).

PETITDIDIERPRIOUX; (Architecture agency)

GROUPE TERRELL: (Leading engineering company in France and abroad, recognized for its expertise in structural, mechanical, electrical and facade engineering) CELNIKIER & GRABLI ARCHITECTS: (Architecture agency)

SCAU ARCHITECTURE: (Architecture and Town Planning Agency)

Pascal GRABLI, one of the designers of the France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, presents this emblematic Pavilion which remains “the most sustainable building ever built” by our country during a Universal Exhibition. Almost self-sufficient thanks to 2,500 m² of solar panels, the building has its own “micro-treatment plant” which supplies the watering system and the sanitary facilities. After Expo 2020 Dubai, the fully removable pavilion of L’Atelier Perez Prado and Celnikier & Grabli Architects, should be installed in Toulouse (south of France), on the CNES (French space agency) site.

The Abu Dhabi Louvre is a remarkable and emblematic work of art by architect Jean Nouvel and the “Journey Through Time Masterplan” which marks “a major turning point in the protection and sharing of the cultural and heritage site of Alula in Saudi Arabia with the rest of the world ”are, among others, shining examples in the Persian Gulf.

France’s strengths and key figures:

France is home to big names in architecture (Jean Nouvel, Portzamparc, etc.) working on large-scale projects in the main destinations and world capitals (London, Beijing, Tokyo, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, etc.) • Historical and cultural knowledge sought, particularly in the renovation of built heritage.

Sustainability and the reduction of energy consumption are at the heart of French projects (low-consumption buildings, wood construction, sustainable cities, HQE standards)

© Press release 2021

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