The series of visits continues! On Thursday 11th of April, we had the pleasure to welcom ea class of geography students from Lancaster University (UK) which were on a study trip to Paris, focussed on the theme of food. We were honoured to have been chosen to illustrate the alternative practices of urban agriculture. Their teacher and guide, Dr. Benjamin Neimark, had already visited the Agrocité of Colombes with one of his classes in 2016 and we were happy he wanted to came back to see the relocation of this project in Gennevilliers !
R-Urban is proud to be one of the projects featured in the international exhibition « Critical Care – Architecture for a broken planet », currently taking place in Vienna. The exhibition will open on Thursday 25th of April and will run until September 2019. A book of the same name has also been published at the M.I.T. Press to showcase the 21 case studies on display.
Excerpt : “The exhibition ‘Critical Care’ is a call for a new approach, for careful architecture and urban planning. 21 current examples from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, The United States and Latin America prove that architecture and urban development must not be subject to the dictates of capital and the exploitation of resources and labour.”
On Thursday 18th of April, R-Urban took part in the launch of the 2019 edition of the European Innovation in Politics Prize, organised by Europa Nova. Eachyear, a prize is awarded for eight categories: Quality of Life, Prosperity, Employment, Ecology, Civilisation, Democracy, Human Rights and Community. In 2017, R-Urban was the winner of the ecology category.
This year, we were able to present the R-Urban project in the company of the former Secretary of State for Digital, Axelle Lemaire, members of Parliament Bruno Bonnell and Paula Forteza, former winners of the 2017 and 2018 editions and project leaders from all over Europe. We are proud to see that the R-Urban strategy continues to be on the agenda of communities determined to make the environment a priority of their mandates.
The building site is progressing well, the roof framework was laid yesterday… The building is taking shape. As for the co-construction workshops, which take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we have built a wooden stair made of reused wood for the access to the technical base.We have also started to build gabion baskets for a retaining wall. During the next sessions, we will be working on the straw insulation and the phyto-purification system. Looking forward to seeing you there !
On April 11th, the Agrocité celebrated its first year of operation. One year of exchanges, workshops on ecology, learning about agro-ecology and permaculture… Thanks to all those who came this Saturday 8th of April to celebrate this anniversary with us. For the occasion, Gilles Clément gave a conference on « jardins en mouvement». In his further speach, Mayor Patrice Leclerc took the opportunity to renew his support for the project and the commitment of the city of Gennevilliers to ecology.
All along the day, numerous speakers and associations came to lead workshops. We made seed bombs with the Syndicat des Eaux of Gennevilliers’ peninsula and the associations Urbanescence and Sanctuaire des Hérissons came to talk to us about garden aids and the benefits of hedgehogs for our vegetable garden. The League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) set up an exhibition on the facade of the building. We were also able to discuss on repairing practices with the association Récit Pro Cité. We also had a good meal concocted by volunteers and we ended the day with the sounds of the Bellette Brass Band. Thank you all and we look forward to seeing you all year round for our workshops !
This Wednesday 3rd of April, we had the pleasure to welcome at the Agrocité of Gennevilliers a dozen architecture students from Columbia University (New York). After a presentation of the R-Urban resilience strategy, they have visited the building and the ecological devices that go with it, then we exchanged around composting and the role of chicken farming in ecological strategies.
A big thank you to everyone for coming to celebrate the installation of the first beam of the Agrocité of Bagneux! Thank you to Bagneux Environnement for having made this moment live around their breadoven workshop, to the Mayor of Bagneux and to the Metropolis of Greater Paris for their presence and their support to this beautiful project of urban resilience.
The Agrocité welcomes you to celebrate the latest progress of the project ! Come and see our three recently adopted hens, drink tea around the new woodstove, enjoy the garden sitting on its new wall-bench and celebrate the “most resilient building” award won at the Lisbon 2018 conference !
On Saturday 26th of October, there was a visit to the Recyclab, an R-Urban unit built in 2012 at the same time as the Agrocité de Colombes and which, since 2017, has been living again on the site of the temporary occupation “Vive les Groues” in Nanterre, managed by the association Yes We Camp.
Built in 2012 along the Boulevard d’Archères in Colombes, the Recyclab is a unit dedicated to recycling and reusing waste on a local scale, as well as developing eco-construction and sharing know-how. In 2017, the building is forced to leave the commune of Colombes and is therefore bequeathed to Yes We Camp.
Built from wooden containers and modules, it could be dismantled and reassembled in October 2017 on the Groues site in Nanterre. Since 2017, Yes We Camp has been developing a temporary occupation for 8 years with the aim of setting up local partnerships and supporting the transformation of this neighborhood.
Thank you to Yes We Camp for welcoming us!