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The Model Apartment

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The Model Apartment (L’appartement-témoin) was an ephemeral space devoted to exhibitions and various other activities, created in 2004 in the Malakoff projects in Nantes as part of the Grand Projet de Ville (GPV). The very term L’appartement temoin played on the idea of a place as a landmark or point of reference (although the term “appartement temoin” refers to a “model apartment,” the word “temoin” also means “witness.”) It raised the question of someone who could report on something that they had seen or heard. In other words, the concept relied on the fact that every inhabitant of Malakoff was a witness to a collective event: the urban planning of the city.