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Architectural quality of agricultural buildings, an important question.
Agricultural buildings, the result of use, of style, of culture, particular materials, have long contributed to the constitution of local identity. The most beautiful and the best conserved are, indeed, often used in promotional documents. Today, more than 10 million m2 of agricultural buildings are built every year which represents 35% of the total non-residential construction production. Whilst the construction process of agricultural buildings is often limited to prefabricated models, the amelioration of the architectural quality of these edifices constitues an important subject for the agricultural world. As well as its recent publications, and in order to stimulate current thinking, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Rural Affairs has conferred on the National Federation of Architectural Consultants the task of creating a body of reference in terms of agricultural buildings subjected to architectural reflection. This work, coordinated by the Loiret CAUE, has as its objective to provide the evidence for the positive consequences engendered by architectural reflection for agricultural projects as a means of improving life for agricultural workers and for improving the image of their profession.

An inventory an objective
The inventory has been elaborated with the General Management of the Forests and Rural Affairs on the basis of wide-ranging research carried out through letters, e-mails, internet searches and the reading of architectural revues, centres of documentation and institutes specialising in architecture and agriculture.
655 organisations or individuals have been interrogated:
Regional and Departemental Management of Agriculture and Forests
Chamber of Agriculture, CAUE, CDHR
Architects and landscape architects acting as consultants to regional management structures
« Specialist » architects
Schools of Architecture and of Landscape
materials consultants
Agricultural schools, the National Institute for Agricultural Research and other specialised institutions
Regional and National parks, architectural and heritage services departments
Private associations and the specialised press.

A hundred responses have been received, amongst which: 70 full responses, 20 incomplete or without visual supprt materials and 10 responses which did not address the subject.

A steering committee has been founded. It has retained, for their architectural qualities, fifty projects which have later been verified in terms of their functionality by telephone contact with clients or users.

The inventory is an open ended tool which could be further completed by new projects.

Union régionale des caue du centre
Ministère de l'agriculture et de la pêche
Ministère de la culture et de la communication

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