Posted: 11 May 2018     |     Author: Hugh Fraser
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Grau Architecture and Urban Design

GRAU (Good Reasons to Afford Urbanism) is a creative studio based in Paris and led by partners Susanne Eliasson and Anthony Jammes. They build design strategies for clients who aim to create qualitative urban environments, convinced that a clear urban structure generates more complexity and opportunities for individual creativity. Since founding the office in 2010, they have developed a strong expertise on issues related to housing through numerous urban renewal projects, strategic studies on densification, masterplanning of new districts and ongoing research on horizontal urbanism. GRAU works to clarify and build upon the relationship between housing, landscape and the urban territory. Each urban problem implies specific architectural solutions. By linking these scales and applying physical solutions to urban problems, the studio builds environments that create coherence rather than a juxtaposition of objects or logics. In 2016, GRAU received the Young Planners Award from the French Ministry of Housing and Sustainable Habitat. They regularly participate in debates and lectures throughout the world, (New York, Rotterdam, Tokyo, Gothenburg, Mendrisio, Budapest, Brussels, Bordeaux) and have been invited to exhibit work at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Rotterdam BiennialLouisiana Art Museum in Denmark, Arc en Rêve Center for Architecture in Bordeaux and Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris among other places. GRAU most recently published 'Apprendre de Caudéran' ('Learning from Caudéran'), a book about the potential transformation and densification of the garden city.