atelier d'architecture autogérée (aaa) is a research led practice founded by Constantin Petcou and Doina Petrescu in 2001 in Paris to conduct actions and research on participative architecture. The team includes architects, artists, urban planners, sociologists, activists, students and residents working within a network with variable geometry.
aaa has developed a practice of collective appropriation of urban spaces and their transformation into a series of self-managed facilities. This micro-political project has been carried out through different instances and locations: ECObox, Passage 56 in Paris and more recently R-Urban starting in the suburban town of Colombes. aaa has received a number of international prizes including Zumtobel Prize for Sustainability and Humanity (2012), Curry Stone Design Prize (2011), 2nd place at the Prix Grand Public des Architectures Contemporaines de la Métropole Parisienne (2010) and the special mention of the European Public Space Prize (2010). aaa's work has been widely published and has been exhibited at 13th Venice Biennial of Architecture, Deutschen Architekturmuseum Frankfurt, Architekturzentrum Wien, Pavilion d'Arsenal Paris, Canadian Centre of Architecture, Getty Foundation, Centre of Contemporary Culture Barcelona, Netherlands Architecture Institute, etc.