|On Tuesday, March 8 at the Maison de l’Architecture en Île-de-France, the student association Assaut Vert of the ENSA of Versailles, launched the A’BOIS National Contest with an audience of over 100 people, made of up mostly students. The partners of this initiative, headed by Benjamin Ancel and Marc Boinet, two students of ENSA Versailles, were present including, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, l’ATIBT, and FSC France, as well as the Fondation Chirac.|
The Assaut Vert invited Emmanuelle Grundmann, primatologist, to speak to the students about the importance of legal and certified timber in preserving natural resources, and especially, biodiversity. After this introduction, Benjamin Ancel and Marc Boinet presented the rules of the contest and then turned the floor over to Jean-Yves Riaux, master carpenter. He will be helping the students throughout the contest and will share with them his knowledge regarding traditional houses as well as the challenges of building in a tropical forest environment.
By supporting this conference, the Fondation Chirac is reaffirming its commitment to the fight against deforestation for which this International Year of Forests marks an important milestone.
The A’BOIS contest is open to students of all disciplines even though it is most geared towards architects. The terms of reference are simple, but also very demanding: to create a model house made from certified timber in the Congo Basin. Feasibility and durability are two keys terms in this contest. The winning model will have to meet these criteria while keeping in mind the long term. The goal is to propose sustainable homes, with local materials that could replace more recent constructions. These recently constructed houses are often made from concrete and corrugated tin, materials that are neither local nor adapted to the geographic zone – and thus have a number of drawbacks (heat retention, lack of hygiene…).
Raising awareness amongst the prescribers of wood – architects – through the conferences that Emmanuelle Grundmann, member of the Scientific Committee for Program against deforestation and desertification of the Fondation, and this contest, that calls to their innovative spirit, are in direct line with sustainable development.
|To learn more about the A’Bois Contest|