Description and Other Notes
This subseries is divided into three (3) sections.
The first section, Art Projects, features Lassus’ interactive game Points-Rouge that he exhibited in 1967 and a brief paper “Etude de Trame Ou Support D’Ambiance,” extracted from the article, “Bernard Lassus: Ambiances,” by Stephen Bann (1971) which offers an explanation of Lassus’ intent with the experimental game. Also included are original unused Points-Rouge cards and original drawings created by the public participants of the exhibition.
The second section, Highway Projects, documents the numerous landscape architecture studies and projects undertaken by Lassus between 1989 and 2002. Lassus developed a national policy for highway design that largely focused on the relationship between the natural habitat, land owners, the highway landscape, and the culture heritage of the area. His design theories were based on his various regional studies of traffic conditions, local economic pressures, the surrounding natural terrain, and the impact that highway sounds, traffic movement, and land use had on neighboring environments. Lassus’ studies on site specific existing conditions and environmental qualities, as well as his recommendations for improvement to the landscape are included. Other documents are project and research notes, project proposals, reports, conceptual drawings, landscape design plans, site maps and plans, technical maps, and images. Some of the major projects include: A. 104, La Francilienne: Marne-la-Vallée (1971), the development of the Nîmes-Caissargues rest area on A.54 Arles-Nîmes (1989–1990), the Aire de Coulon: Venise Vert rest-area and the Aire de Saint Hermine rest area on A.83 Nantes-Niort (1989–1997), the A.85 Angers-Tours highway landscape project (1996–1999), and the A.28 Alençon: Le Mans-Tours highway landscape project (1998–2000). A significant portion of the Highway Projects folders pertain to the A.837 Crazannes Quarries rest area and highway landscaping project (1993–1997). In this enterprise, sometimes referred to as the, “Landscape of Rocks,” Lassus took an approach that was a sculptural, visual, and tactile experience, creating a landscape that was designed for discovery and exploration. Materials relating to the Crazannes project include regional studies, project proposals, conceptual drawings, stability tests, site plans, site maps and technical maps of the region, numerous photographs, slides, and compact discs containing photographic images.
The third section, Garden Projects, chronicles a variety of Lassus’ numerous garden and landscape design studies and projects undertaken from 1981 to 2007. The majority of the documents relate to the design and development of the rooftop terrace gardens at the Colas headquarters in Paris, France, 2000–2007. The gardens designed for Colas include: Le Jardin du Jeu des Saisons, Le Jardin de Pins, Le Jardin de l’Attente, and Le Théâtre de Verdure with the most documentation for the creation of Le Jardin du Jeu des Saisons. There are also studies, reports, proposals, photographs and site plans for such projects as Le Jardin des Retours, Parc de la Corderie Royale at Rochefort-Sur-Mer (1982–2002), where Lassus developed an intervention that was informed by the local history of both the region and the site, as well as by its contemporary use. Additional projects which are featured are Le Passerelle Pythéas in Marseilles (1983), Le Château de Javarzay at Chef-Boutonne in Deux-Sèvres (1990), Le Jardin de la Zac Dorian, “Le Chemin Creux Vosgien,” in Dorian Square, Paris 11ème (1990–1997), Le Parc de la Villes de Sarcelles (2000), and the Être là un peu... plus the installation for the 2001 exhibition at Les Jardins de Métis.