Creatures of the City

Creatures of the City

A unique visual and literary exploration of recent buildings by SCAU architecture, France's leading architectural firm



Title Information

Edited by SCAU architecture. With a text by Aurélien Bellanger and photographs by Cyrille Weiner

1st edition

, 2018

Text English and French


256 pages, 179 color illustrations

23 x 32 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-104-3


Since its founding in 1971, Paris-based SCAU Architecture (Search & Create Alternative Uses) has grown to be one of the premier architectural firms in the world, with landmark projects like the Stade de France, Paris; the Quai des Savoirs, Toulouse; and the Pierre Zobda-Quitman teaching hospital, Fort-de-France, Martinique. The firm is known for innovative design across a wide variety of buildings and structures, from museums and office complexes to hospitals, housing developments, stores, and universities. SCAU has also been at the forefront of developments in the fields of infrastructure and urban planning.

Creatures of the City provides a stunning look back over four decades of the prestigious firm’s vast portfolio of work. For the book, award-winning French photographer Cyrille Weiner has created a 224-page photo essay that focuses on fourteen of SCAU architecture’s key projects, showing them within the context of their surrounding urban setting and their reception by visitors, inhabitants, and passers-by. Together, the photographs form a striking testament to the firm’s diverse, interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes the riches of the places where it intervenes and eschews any preconceived notion about the outcome or overall image. Weiner’s extensive imagery is complemented by a text by French novelist Aurélien Bellanger.


Designed by Building Paris


Shortlist of the German Photobookaward 2018.

Authors & Editors

Aurélien Bellanger

, born 1980, is a French writer and actor. His first book was a monograph on Michel Houellebecq, followed by three novels of which L’Aménagement du territoire won him the prestigious Prix de Flore in 2014.

Cyrille Weiner

, born 1976, is a French photographer and artist. His images are published in international newspapers and magazines, such as Le Monde, Foam, British Journal of Photography, and Art Press. In 2012 he was awarded the Prix Lucien Hervé et Rudolf Hervé.