Yves Brunier (1962 – 1991) was a French landscape architect best known for his collage illustrations and projects done in France and Belgium.
In 1987, he became a projects assistant to Jean Nouvel in Paris, with whom he worked on the gardens of the Hotel St. James in Bouliac and the Hotel des Thermes in Dax, and the Place du Général Leclerc in Tours. From 1988, he collaborated with Isabelle Auricoste. During his five year long career as a landscape architect, Brunier completed 15 projects.
Brunier exploited the clash between culture and nature rather than seeking to create harmonious images of nature in the city. His favorite technique was collage; he created unconventional compositions by fusing fragments of different images, ideas or situations. He also used pencil and watercolor sketches. According to Koolhaas, Brunier’s drawings and collages were regularly characterized by impatience and violence. Koolhaas also claimed that Brunier’s approach to nature was aggressive, and attributed this to his illness. Nevertheless, Brunier paid a lot of attention to the choice of plants in his projects.
Brunier died aged 28 of an AIDS-related illness in his hometown on 2 October 1991.