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Gehry joins fight to save Decq building

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French architect Odile Decq has launched an ‘international emergency petition’ addressed to French president Francois Hollande and culture minister Fleur Pellerin to save her 1990 BPO Building in Rennes from being razed to the ground.

The petition calls on the French government to create a ‘cultural precedent’ in preserving the High-Tech project, which won the Golden Lion at the 1996 Venice Biennale, and features several technical innovations.

More than 500 have backed Decq’s campaign to save the scheme from demolition, including architect Frank Gehry.

Gehry said: ‘Great buildings like the BPO by Odile Decq should be available for all to experience and to learn from now and in the future. To lose an example of architecture like this would go against education and inspiration – and who would want to be responsible for that?’


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