Out of the Lab


Saint Etienne's 2008 International Design Biennial will unveil Eco Lab, an ambitious project offering expertise in mass permaculture and applied sustainability to urban architectual design. Over 100,000 non-profit organizations will be participating, with experiments ranging from city-wide car sharing and community supported agriculture to "culturally attractive" dry toilets.

Experts will host discussions promoting the constant flow of new ideas, allowing the program to evolve in support of greater global solutions. The community is also encouraged to grow and work together, establishing active human connections while carrying no hint of a religious structure.

City Eco Lab even has plans to re-open the city's main river, Le Furan, and remove over 60 dams from The Rhone. The event runs from November 15th to November 30th in Saint Etienne, France.

Story suggested by Joao Amorim.