Memories of a Hopeful Past: The Forgotten Modernist Estates of Paris

Cast aside by progression of time, the once thriving modernist estates of Paris are still standing. Constructed between the 1950’s and 1980’s in response to the housing crisis caused by the increase in urbanization and foreign migration, today these hulking grey formations are stigmatized by the media and marginalized by public opinion. While younger generations flock to more contemporary residences, many members of the housing projects’ original community have stayed put, loyal to the giant concrete vessels they call home.

Since 2011, French photographer Laurent Kronental has been documenting these discarded domains and the elderly population that inhabits them. Fascinated by what he refers to as “the poetry of aging environments slowly vanishing,” his series Souvenir d’un Futur is an exploration of a forgotten world and an exposition of the longevity of life.

1b4c5bf697696ed942db892c13f73d334aa10813_860 dc2fd89e36972344f5ddf01e3e472ffc0df25742_860 dad030a0709cce1d65eae4ffe7ec9b123d0cee5a_860 c4d9c6f312b2f69a454397b3ebf347b9bb9b73cf_860 c4b09a678627d03ff9ebbb56fdb42b0536e9ff35_860 ac3861aed75608a3892dd423c703ca766d8f61ac_860 a7b7f146a2c8aadbce406cac549f9ff846a2a3ee_860 5839cb218796e42312c69b62c3cbf4fbf1b29ea9_860 204fd4e8aa6d3d3e77017f37724465190ec5dc58_860 7e706cc34defb23a700803d6c51de6c4d3b89aa4_860 3d9a5e9a3cda386eddcc4989f3ccc3bc50307b19_860 3a196ade3e5f12b0c35609fb6c536b615b68ac95_860 fe1159a1e37f0c835f056934556f9278c4d5da07_860

L’Agent Goodies…