How did war and devastating military technologies change our cities? Bertrand Cavalier (France) visited European cities marked by war: from Berlin to Warsaw, and Sarajevo to Rotterdam. He has an eye for the indestructible concrete, but also for vulnerable elements.
Concrete Doesn’t Burn
Bertrand Cavalier (France, 1989) looked at how war and military technologies have influenced urban architecture, public space and the way people live in cities. He has a sharp eye for fragile or imperfect elements in these seemingly indestructible cities. For his project he visited numerous European cities that were marked by the wars of the twentieth century. First Cologne, later Berlin, Sarajevo, Mostar, Warsaw, Le Havre, London and Rotterdam, among others.
He drew inspiration from the book On the Natural History of Destruction by the German author and academic W.G. Sebald, who wrote about the Allied bombings of German cities at the end of the Second World War that killed 600 thousand civilians. Cavalier studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, and before at Le 75 in Brussels.
Read the interview GUP magazine had with Cavelier here.