Living with Rising Water

Climate and the geographical environment are the most basic elements in terms of how people live and basic to the issue of hospitality. In the wake of a rising global interest for resilient cities and water management issues related to human habitat, and building on the exhibition “Jean Prouvé, Architect for Better Days” at Parc des Ateliers in Arles, Atelier Luma has investigated this global concern on a superlocal level.

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Can we anticipate a future in which we deal with water management in a different way?

In March 2018, Atelier Luma initiated and conducted a 6-days masterclass on floodproof and demountable architecture and self-construction. Under the supervision of Nigerian architect Kunlé Adeyemi with Italian designer Paolo Cascone, 40 architecture and art students from various countries worked together at Parc des Ateliers and on-site in the the Camargue region on design solutions to inhabit flood-prone areas and adaptability to flood risks. The Masterclass outcomes were presented in this exhibition for the Luma days #2.

Following the masterclass exploration Atelier Luma invited international water specialists and architects of innovative constructions together with local experts in a public conference. Camargue delta is deeply concerned with water issues. Too much and not enough! Before we all run to the Alpilles let’s imagine potential design solutions.

// Years of research : 2018/2019

Project team

  • ENSA École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture, Montpellier, France

  • ENSA École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture, Marseille, France

  • Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Autriche

  • MEF University Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture, Istanbul, Turquie

  • African Fabbers School, Douale, Cameroun

  • Berend Strijland

    NLÉ architecture

    Amsterdam, NL

  • Paolo Cascone

    CoDesign Lab

    Naples, IT

  • Association des quartiers Olga et Carteau — Habitants des cabanons de Port-Saint-Louis du Rhône

    Port-Saint-Louis du Rhône, France

  • Sevince Bayrak & Oral Göktas

    Architect, Urbanist, SO? Architecture

    Istanbul, Turkey

  • Naijette Belmehdi

    Mediator, Musée Arlaten

    Arles, France

  • Didier Bertrand

    Cork expert, boat builder

  • Serge Binotto

    Former engineer at Jean Prouvé

  • Frédéric Bon

    Bull Breeder

  • Sophie Deruaz

    Architecte conseil pour la zone sud-ouest des Bouches-du-Rhône, CAUE13

  • Thierry Durousseau

    Architecte conseil pour la ville d'Arles, CAUE13

  • Kristell Filotico


  • Jean-Paul Gay

    Adjoint au Maire de Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône

  • Elizabeth Guyon

    Artistic director, Space & Media Design Performance

    Marseille, Frabce

  • Jean Jalbert

    Director, Ecologist, Tour du Valat

    Arles, France

  • Elke Krasny

    Artiste, théoricienne, auteur

    Vienne, Autriche

  • Aline Martin

    Directrice de l'urbanisme, ville d'Arles

    Arles, France

  • Han Meyer

    Professor of Urban Design at the Delft University of Technology

    Delft, Netherland

  • Alain Montagnier

    Chef de projet pour la gestion du risque et la protectiond de l'environnement, ACCM

  • Marion Moustey


  • Laurence Nicolas


  • Dominique Noël

    Aquatic Theater Artist, Ilotopie

    Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, France

  • Silvain Ohl

    Self-taught architect

  • Eva Pfannes & Sylvain Hartenberg

    Architects, OOZE architects

    Rotterdam, Netherland

  • Madia Rouah

    Inhabitant, flood expert

  • Estelle Rouquette

    Curator, Musée de la Camargue

    Arles, France

  • Aurélie Samson

    Assistant Director, Curator, Musée Arlaten

  • Bruno Schnebelin

    Aquatic Theater Artist, Ilotopie

    Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, France

  • Bas Smets

    Landscape Architect, Bureau Bas Smets

    Brussels, Belgium

  • Ghislaine Vallée

    Collections Manager, Musée Arlaten

  • Ghislaine Verrhiest-Leblanc

    Directrice de la mission inter-régionale pour la gestion du risque inondation, arc méditerranéen, DREAL

  • Julie Walker

    Chef de mission architecture, urbanisme, paysage, énergie, Parc naturel régional de Camargue (PNRC)

  • Lukas Wegwerth


    Berlin, Germany

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