Throughout Europe, rural conglomerates are struggling with asserting their identities and economic relevance. Designing solutions is essential to address the growing unease in these regions. atelier LUMA focuses on the the Camargue region and its unique mix of raw nature, history, traditional craft and modern agriculture. Together with local experts, it forms a rich mix of stakeholders to shape the future of this rural region.
Using the potential of discarded materials to create ecological, social, and economical impact.
Projects developed under the Waste Matters initiative follow two environmental strategies: the superuse approach gives new functions to local materials that traditionally are considered waste; and the circular economy concept recognizes the Camargue bioregion bordering Arles as a priority to preserve. Letting waste streams and design meet under these two guidelines creates a series of positive frictions that can lead to outcomes with an immediate ecological, social, and economical impact. From the usage of traditional agricultural waste from cultures such as reed, rice and salt harvests, to an overall educational strategy changing local minds about the potential of these materials, waste presents myriad opportunities to create truly innovative projects.
Producing (in) the City
Experiencing and learning from Arles and the Camargue, its bio-materials and manufacturers.
By creating a physical base at Parc des Ateliers, atelier LUMA wants to embody its basic principle: being accessible to all. Its headquarters allow participants to experience and learn from Arles and the Camargue, its bio-materials and manufacturers, together with the city and the region. The atelier LUMA base consists of a think tank, a production and library space, and wants to facilitate transdisciplinary exchange, optimize the use of space and tools, and support its projects’ ongoing evolution.
Mobility explored, upgraded and reinforced, impacting Arles and the region’s transportation flows.
The Healthy Mobility initiative connects actors in mobility and design, in Arles and beyond, to think about the region’s transportation flows. It explores diverse kinds of mobility for different age groups, upgrades and reinforces existing initiatives in the city with different scales of impact, and promotes the use of alternative forms of energy in Arles and the region.
Finding smaller-scale, non-intrusive ways of promoting tourism connected with its surroundings.
Contemporary hospitality should encompass an active and intelligent dialogue between man and his environment.The Next Hospitality initiative looks for smaller-scale, non-intrusive ways of promoting a tourism experience, and seeks to provoke productive and engaging relationships with the landscape of the city of Arles and the Camargue region.
Stimulating social change and innovation through design, creating more connected food systems.
When food meets design in a wider sense—material and immaterial—food production can go a step further and, stimulate social change and innovation, bring environmental and health benefits, and create a more connected food system.. Simultaneously, this encounter can boost new economies, enhance skills and support emerging talents.
With shared knowledge at the core, a focus on the communal nature of environmental motivations.
With shared knowledge being at the core of atelier LUMA, its Circular Education initiative extends that interest and focuses on the cultural and communal nature of environmental motivations and mentalities. This dedicated research promotes ecological experiences and works towards an extended conservation community, using design as a tool to encourage new forms of ecological imagination and hands-on engagement with biodiversity.