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Aillaud, Émile (1902–88). French architect. He attempted to counter the rigid effects of using prefabricated concrete panel-construction by arranging the masses of building on curving snake-like plans, as at Les Courtillières, Pantin (1955–60). At La Grande Borne, Grigny, near Evry (1964–71), he created a development with contrasting densities, visual surprises, and enclosed, secluded spaces. He is best-remembered for his attempts to give interest and dignity to low-cost mass housing, as at La Noë, Chanteloup-les-Vignes (1971–5), and the Quartier Picasso, Nanterre (1974–8).
Jane Turner (1996)