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Elodie Nourrigat, founder of N+B Architects, has moved from her home in Montpellier, France to live in Lexington and teach the Spring 2012 Louisville Water Company Studio.
The Louisville Water Company Studio will develop proposals for a new Water Education Center and Museum for the Louisville Water Company on their historic water tower property on Zorn Avenue. The water company hopes to use these new facilities to share its history and provide information about the relation of water to energy, technology and health.
The studio is following up on the work of a Fall 2011 workshop led by Freek Persyn, founder of 51N4E. His workshop developed several scenarios to enlarge the scope of the proposed Water Education Center, in order to address its potential as a catalyst for social and urban transformation.
Nourrigat's firm, N+B Architects, was invited to design the French Pavilion for the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale. That same year she won the "Europe 40 under 40," the honor recognizes Europe’s emerging young architects and designers and is organized by the European Centre for Art Design and Urban Studies. Currently, N+B Architects is collaborating with Hitoshi Abe to develop a masterplan for the University Montpelier South of France’s campus. Their goal is to develop a distributed network based upon environmental, mental and social ecologies for “A Campus Lived for a Sensory City”.
Nourrigat established the annual Festival of Lively Architecture in 2006. Each year ten young architects and a university are invited to design an installation in the private courtyards of Montpellier, France. The public is then invited to explore Montpellier's private courtyards and experience the lively installations.