[by Marion Rivolier from Paris, France]
With my students from the architecture school and three other teachers, we were invited to meet some residents of Magny-Les-Hameaux. The students worked on a ten-day workshop about “the city in transition”, from the concept described by Rob Hopkins. How to organize the city, the life, the agriculture when fossil fuels are disappearing? A girl from the Parc Naturel Régional, the assistant to the Mayor, and some residents spoke to us about new ways to feed themselves, heat their homes, travel, or work. They are going to change their future : Permaculture, local currencies, united grocer's shop, integrated farming, coworking spaces, electric bikes, auto-stop and ride-sharing, etc.
The students were attentive to and interested by the energy of the participants: everyone can participate in these changes through which we could live without fossil fuels.
For me, this work with the students was a real eye-opener, a little bit depressing but also opening the door to some exciting thoughts and actions!
The students spent ten days to think, ask, draw, shoot, edit film, cut, paste, plan or animate some drawings or paintings to give people something to look at, and think about this concept of the City in Transition.
It's up to you now to contribute in your own way!