Nombre de places: 20 - Langue: Anglais


The project is jointly organised and led by ENSAD and Mines ParisTech staff.
The workshop will challenge the students to:
•     Address real life issues.
•     Learn new research methodologies.
•     Collaborate in multidisciplinary teams.
•     Address the impact that manufacturing has on nature.
•     Address the impact that nature can have on the manufacturing/design of objects.

In the past ten years we have been witnessing a quest for finding sustainable alternatives to oil based materials. That led to the development of a wide variety of materials made with agricultural leftovers and dedicated biomaterials. From threads made with orange peels, to insulation boards made with sunflower stems, to fake leather made with grapes and apples peels and pineapple leaves, just to mention a few, bioplastics from corn, insulation materials from hemp….
All these innovations, although interesting alternatives to oil based materials, rely on industrial monocultural agricultural systems. However, ongoing research and experimentation is done on agro-ecological approaches (polyculture, agroforestry) as more sustainable alternatives in agriculture.

During the project week, we will be looking to understand the possible relations between regenerative, polycultural, agroforestal agriculture, and the production of materials starting from agricultural leftovers. Asking if this great innovation in the field of materials could open new possibilities for the development of polycultures, and vice versa, if the choices taken in designing polycultures could define new directions in new materials development.


The PSL week is an intertwined experience between designers and “ingenieurs” and will address basics of polycultural agriculture and agro-ecology (Day1), design based approach in exploring new approaches and alternatives (Day 2), case study (with site visit if possible) and specific aspects of the biomaterial “hemp” (Day 3), interdisciplinary working groups to identify and develop polycultural design of one object including different raw materials which can be grown together in an semi-agroforestry/agro-ecological approach (Day 4 & 5) & presentation of the solutions.

Details : Courses/lectures/illustrations: Day 1 & 2 at MINES ParisTech & Case-study/experimentation: Day 3, 4 & 5 at ENSAD Paris. Courses will be partly in english (Eugenia is an international designer), case study work & presentation can be either in French or english

Equipe enseignante

Eugenia MORPURGO, designer – ENSAD Jasha OOSTERBAAN, sustainability expert – MINES ParisTech Milena TILL, agrology & agro-ecology expert


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