École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Versailles

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The École nationale supérieure d'architecture de Versailles or ENSAV is a French architectural school located at the ancient stables of the Versailles Palace. The school was founded in 1969 after the suppression of the École des beaux-arts architecture section. Architect Jean Castex was one of the school's founders, while Nicolas Michelin (co-founder of the group Labfac) was the managing director from 2001 to 2009. The current dean is the architect Vincent Michel.

The pedagogical aim of the Architecture School of Versailles is to provide an intense experience in the architectural arts while developing questions of architecture in the fields of building, city and regional planning. The school prepares students using diverse professional exercise methods. However, it is best known for its urban design teachings.

Member of UniverSud Paris and of the University of Paris-Seine.

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Urban Forms: Death and Life of the Urban Block[edit]

This major publication by Jean Castex, Philippe Panerai and Jean-Charles Depaule had its first edition in French in 1977. It has been recently translated and edited in English for the first time in 2003 with an additional postscript.


The review EAV (Enseignement Architecture Ville) was created by Anne-Marie Chatelet and Michel Denes in 1995. It is published annually. The number 10th of the review (2004–2005) explained its history and origins. This same issue was based on journals and reviews fromnhjlhihih Zurich's Eidgenossische Technische Hoschschule.

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Coordinates: 48°48′7″N 2°7′37″E / 48.80194°N 2.12694°E / 48.80194; 2.12694