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Architecture from Commission to Construction by Jennifer Hudson

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Ecomusée du Pays de Rennes

Guinée*Potin

Location: Rennes, Brittany, France

Principal use: Farm museum

Client: Rennes Métropole

Site area: 2,668 m2 (28,718 ft2)

Interior area: 990 m2 (10,656¼ ft2)

Total build area: 990 m2 (10,656¼ ft2)

Design period: July 2006 – September 2008

Construction period: September 2008 – December 2009

Budget: €1,900,000

The concept of the écomusée originated in France, where two museologists coined the term in the 1970s. Although éco is a shortened form of écologie, in the context of museums the definition of the term is much broader. It refers to a new idea for the holistic interpretation of cultural customs and traditions, which allows communities to preserve, interpret and manage their heritage for a sustainable development. ...

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