A bio-laboratory that delves into the unexplored connections between local, raw bio-materials, production methods, makers and users.

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Can we use design to bridge the worlds of culture, science, biology and production?

Algae Lab, May 2017. © Alexandre Humbert

Researching new values for local wetland bio-materials, the project explores the potential of growing micro-algae locally. These algae are then converted into biopolymers that can replace non-biodegradable, fossil oil-based plastics. Currently, the bio-laboratory is working on a series of objects related to the region’s culture and history. Once produced, they should serve the needs of LUMA’s activities and visitors, who will be able to experience the circular production chain from raw material to final product.

The lab proposes a new model for circular production through biofabrication and 3D printing, by studying the use of a variety of local renewable sources, from cultivating living micro-organisms sourced from the Camargue area to the alternative uses of salt. The bio-laboratory will also promote bio-design training programs in collaboration with local and international institutes.

Project team

  • Eric Klarenbeek

    Designer, Studio Klarenbeek & Dros

    Zaandam, The Netherlands

  • Maartje Dros

    Designer, Studio Klarenbeek & Dros

    Zaandam, The Netherlands

  • Clara Montrieul

    Assistant, Studio Klarenbeek & Dros

    Zaandam, The Netherlands

  • Iiris Möller

    Assistant, Studio Klarenbeek & Dros

    Zaandam, The Netherlands

  • Patrick Grillas

    Tour du Valat

    Arles, France

  • François Mesleard

    Tour du Valat

    Arles, France

  • Hugo Fontes

    Botanist, Tour du Valat

    Arles, France

  • Alain Charron

    Chief curator of heritage, Musée de l'Arles antique

    Arles, France

  • Soizic Toussaint

    Musée de l'Arles antique

    Arles, France

  • Philippe Rigout

    Algonesia

    Paris, France

  • Jean-François Sassi

    CEA Cadarache

    Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France

  • Nicolas Le Moigne

    Ecole des Mines

    Alès, France

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