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March – April: Scheyern – Paris – Xirocourt
Next: St-Étienne – Cérilly (Allier)
In this newsletter
Parking in Paris, a Pizza oven, a wind turbine, a Pirate Radio, a rocket stove, yourts and rain catchers and finally spring in Lorraine
Parking in Paris
It’s virtually impossible to find free parking in Paris. Luckily, there is one place where I am always welcome, located in the suburb of Nanterre. It’s called Vive les Groues, and they were so kind to host me among a vegetable garden, a tree nursery, bees, and a pizza oven.
The Pizza oven at Vive Les Groues
I built a pizza oven there in 2019, since then the oven has been in use every week. It’s a raw clay oven built only from materials we found on-site, with the help of neighbours and volunteers. It was a highlight for me to revisit the oven and use it together with some good friends.
My wind turbine turns
Last winter during the German lockdown I built a 300W wind turbine with a diameter of 1,5 meters. Now, months later I reassembled it. Now, a piece of Bavarian wood is spinning at 6 meters high in Paris, lighting up Vive Les Groues.
The same day I found enough wood for two more wind turbines. I already started carving blades again. Do you have a place to set up a wind generator, or want to build one? Get in touch.
A pirate radio in Nanterre
Radio Groulag is based in Nanterre, emitting on 107.9 once a week. It’s a more or less improvised mix of talk, sound, and play by Ludo and Lukasz. Super nice to have been there in the studio listening (and speaking one or two words). If you have some amateur radio equipment at home, I’d be interested, get in touch.
Radio Stasis in Rotterdam
My friend Coline and me had the pleasure to talk for a few minutes on the radio show of Moving in Stasis (Listen from timestamp 00:33:13 here).
Moving in Stasis is an exhibition organised by the 2020 Master graduates of Design Academy Eindhoven at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam. Have a look at the website of Moving in Stasis, and relisten to all the great people that were part of the Radio Stasis program.
A rocket stove for cooking and heating
Coline and I teamed up for a two weeks residency / workshop at a squat in Pantin (Paris). Our goal was to meet and make, both facing the dilemma of being young design graduates in times of Covid. The LEØ (Laboratoire Ecologique ØDéchet) welcomed us to use their space and facilities. There we built a massive 100kg rocket stove for heating and cooking indoors, from materials exclusively sourced from the building itself.
The full documentation will soon be available on http://movinginstasis.com
Due to an ongoing legal process we can not show more pictures at the time.
Check out Coline’s work here:
Spring in Lorrainne
While travelling is still restricted in France I am a guest at the association Être Éco Lié in Xirocourt (East of France). There I am parked in front of the old village school which houses a professional wood workshop, a fablab and a co-working office. The association is connected to the ‘Verger de Vincent’, a young orchard which will become a ‘commestible forest’ and a communal place for all kinds of workshops, constructions and gatherings. If you are interested in gardening, low-tech and community, come visit this place!
A Yurt, a rain catcher and another wind turbine
Pierre-Antoine is one of the core member of Être Éco Lié and an enthusiast for low-tech constructions. With his company iWood he constructs fully dismountable yurts with from ecological quality materials. This week we set up a 12m2 rain catcher in the orchard, completely made from leftovers and packaging of the yurt business. Yesterday, I started carving the blades for another wind generator to be used with my mobile design workshop.
Workshop in St. Étienne with design students. We’ll try to build a bread oven within one day from metal scrap.
3 weeks residency at Polymorphe Corp at a farm in the Département Allier, next to Cérilly. We’ll construct a bread oven from rammed earth (Pisé). Get in touch if you like to pass by or join the chantier participatif.
Reach out if you live next to my itinerary and want to meet for a coffee or a workshop. If you don’t live close, send a message and we’ll see when I can pass by.
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