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Interview - Jean-Marc Schivo, Lucilla Revelli, Gérard Feldzer

JEAN-MARC SCHIVO, LUCILLA REVELLI, GERARD FELDZER, ARE THE AUTHORS OF GREEN SOLAR AIRSHIP

© Green Solar Airship - Jean-March Schivo, Lucilla Revelli, Gérard Feldzer

© Green Solar Airship - Jean-March Schivo, Lucilla Revelli, Gérard Feldzer

"Le dirigeable, ancien, parfois mythologique, certainement pourra trouver sa place dans le futur."

L'interview de l'équipe d'architectes en vidéo

What does your project mean to you?

Mon projet c’est simplement, disons, une contribution pour avancer dans le concept du transport durable. C’est un transport qui est nécessaire… Le projet, je pense que c’est donner de l’espoir à qui recherche de découvrir un monde différent. Dans le silence, dans la beauté des paysages.
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My project is simply, let's say, a contribution for the advancement of the concept of sustainable transportation. It's a means for transportation that is ... necessary. The project, I think, is to give hope to who is searching for a different world. In the silence is the beauty of landscapes.

What challenges did you face during the creation process of your project?

C’est tout d’abord réaliser des instruments de transport flexible, dans ses applications autonomes capables aussi d’aider les hommes et les écosystèmes dans des moments de difficulté, ou les autres technologies traditionnelles ne peuvent arriver à intervenir à temps.
Y a-t-il vraiment un défi dans ce projet ou dans tous les projets ? Je ne parlerais pas de défis mais probablement d’une formidable entente… avec ceux qui ont participé à la réalisation. Ici les idées se matérialisent. C’est souvent même avec les personnes les plus imprévues… et, alors, la forme change et elle devient raie et parfois encore plus audacieuse.
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It's, first of all, to create flexible transportation material, in its autonomous applications, capable of helping men as well as ecosystems in moments of difficulty, where other traditional technologies cannot intervene on time.
Is there really a challenge in this project of in any other project ? I wouldn't talk about challenges but probably a wonderful understanding... with those who participated to the creation process. Here, ideas become concrete. It is often even with the most unexpected people ... and, then, the shape of your project changed and becomes a manta ray, and sometimes something even more audacious. 

How does it feel to try to be one of the most visionary architects in the world?

Etre visionnaire (rire), naturellement c’est une nécessité. Pour chaque homme, je dirais même pour notre société toute entière. C’est la nécessité de réaliser un lien transversal, de [relier], dans un monde qui tente aujourd’hui de séparer toute chose. (il montre son croquis) Ca, c’est de l’hélium, et ici les hommes pourront habiter et être transportés.
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To be visionary (chuckles), naturally, it is a necessity. For each man, even for an entire society I would say. It is the need to create a transversal link, to link, in a world that is trying today to divide everything. (he shows his sketch) This, is helium, and there, men will be able to live and be conveyed.

Do you think the Foundation played a crucial role in your project’s advancement, visibility?

Rougerie … Et la Fondation, certainement, la Fondation, un lieu de l’espoir. Disons que […] c’est une porte de visibilité mais aussi selon moi un lieu qui est capable d’intégrer des valeurs, multiplier les idées, dans un système de confrontation sans limites. Je me souviens que j’avais lu les écrits de Rougerie, il y a 30 ans, quand j’étais étudiant. Et puis maintenant j’ai appris directement comment en effet, ses idées, en harmonie avec les écosystèmes, arrivent à devenir de formidables machines capable de soutenir et d’aider ainsi notre planète. 
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Rougerie, and the Foundation, indeed, the Foundation, a place of hope. Let's say that [...] it is a way to achieve more visibility but also, I think, a place that is able to incorporate values, multiply ideas, in a system of limitless confrontation. I recall when I read Jacques Rougerie's writings, 30 years ago, when I was a student. And know, I have learnt how, as a matter of fact, his ideas, in harmony with the ecosystems, successfully become formidable machines, capable of supporting but also helping our planet. 

Why participate in such a competition? Would you do it again?

Parce qu’on est toujours jeunes, toujours, disons …enthousiastes des formes de la vie. Parce que, c’est aujourd’hui de plus en plus urgent et nécessaire que les personnes puissent s’aider et participer à des concours [...] très importants dans la vie de notre planète.
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Because we are still young, still, let's say ... enthusiastic about life's unevenness. Because, it's today more and more urgent and necessary that people can help each other and participate to competitions [...] that are very important in the life of our planet.

What’s the next step?

On va [certainement] essayer de développer ce processus, car il faut essayer de réaliser ce modèle de transport, propre à 0 Carbone qui naturellement est urgent, et qui peut aider des millions de collectivités menacées, souvent par le changement climatique, ou le transport traditionnel ne peut arriver. Alors le dirigeable, ancien, parfois mythologique, certainement pourra trouver sa place dans le futur.
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We will probably try to develop this project, because we must try to achieve this clean transportation model urgently, that would be able to help millions of threatened collectivities often by climate change, where "traditional" transportation cannot go. So, the airship, ancient, sometimes mythological, will most likely be able to find its place in the future. 

A word of advice for this year’s participants?

De se laisser porter, Hm, de se laisser porter par l’intuition, car il faut apprendre à voir à l’intérieur de ce grand univers, si riche, ou toute forme de vie, de solutions, sont prêtes à donner le jour pour cette planète, parfois verte, parfois bleue, mais toujours jolie.
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To let themselves go along, hm, along their intuition, because they must lean to sea inside this big universe, so rich, where all life form, all solutions, are ready to give birth to this planet, sometimes green, sometimes blue, but always pretty.

 

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Interview - Rose, Andy, Elvis from the

ROSE, ANDY AND ELVIS, ARE THE CREATORS OF THE TERRA CHRONICLES

The Terra Chronicles

The Terra Chronicles

"The Terra Chronicles proposes a network of vertical
monuments for life on Earth, continuously built up through the decades
into the great beyond".


The idea behind this project is to create an archive of all living species on earth, by storing their DNA and data samples within a fibre unit that would recreate the ecosystem and genetic history of these species. This technology would actually be of use already to protect endangered species.

To put it into more simple words: thanks to the Terra Chronicles, we would have the certainty that if something was to happen to our species, we would have a back up that would allow us to restore life on earth of somewhere else. 

We interviewed the team behind this ambitious project: 

Questions:

Above all, tell us about yourself in a few words: Where do you live, study or work at the moment?

Rose: I live in Philadelphia, and am a second-year graduate student of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.
Andy: I also live in Philadelphia, studying in same studio as Rose at Upenn
Elvis: I currently live and work in Shenzhen, China.
 

What does your project mean to you?

R: The Terra Chronicles represent hope for me, hope that all the organisms of this earth should leave their mark, that we would know their stories, and for them to have the potential for a future in space.
A: The project is also an opportunity for us to think about the crisis that people in the future may encounter. At the same time, we are optimistically expecting the solutions for the crisis.
E: The project gave me an incredible chance to design not only with architectural knowledge, but also with imaginations that we don't often use in school. It helped me realize more potentials that architecture could possibly achieve in the future.

 

What challenges did you face during the creation process of your project?

R: Some challenges faced during the creation of this project was the juggling of heavy school work with the advancement of Terra Chronicles. Other challenges had more to do with coming together with the other teammates to discuss and allocate tasks.
A: Yes, especially Elvis was not at the same place with Rose and me. Video chat is not a very efficient way for architectural discussion.
E: The concept of “space architecture” has very different scale and location comparing to the architecture that we are practising nowadays. The most challenging part for me was the process of defining architecture language that would be tangible and appropriate for the future, while conveying our concept clearly to the public.

 

How does it feel to try to be one of the most visionary architects in the world?

R: I don’t credit myself to be visionary, only that as a team, we had in mind a goal we wished to address with our project. We saw a possibility for a future and worked to bring it forth from our minds to paper.
A: For me the word “Visionary” is suitable to depict what we did: we were imagining what may happen in the future. We set a situation and found a problem basing on our experience, analysis and imagination, then tried to solve it. It is interesting to work “in future”.
E: While feeling honoured for wining the award, I'm also very excited to see other visionary entries and get to know what other participants concerned about. For me that is much more rewarding than winning a prize alone.
 

Do you think the Foundation played a crucial role in your project’s advancement, visibility?

R: Yes, the Foundation has hosted a beautiful awards ceremony, featured us in numerous exhibitions and publications. It has done much in making us visible.

 

Why participate in such a competition? Would you do it again?

R: The reason I chose to participate in this competition was because I thought it wasn’t meant to ground us in the conventional senses of architecture, but instead allowed us the room to be creative and projective.
A: As architecture students, we’ve learnt a lot about architecture theories, analysis method and software techniques. However, we need a relatively free situation to practice. Such a competition provided a great platform for us.
E: I saw this competition not only an architectural one, but also one that allowed us to showcase a better future that we believed in. I'd definitely like to do it again when the time comes!

 

What’s the next step?

R: The next step would be to graduate from my program, but in the meantime perhaps participate in a few more competitions.
A: I will definitely be together with Rose.
E: As a recent graduate, I wish to combine my architectural skills and experiences together to address tangible social issues through work and movements - as well as participating in more competitions of course!

 

A word of advice for this year’s participants?

R: It is very important to have a vision for what your project would like to accomplish. Purpose makes everything else fall in to place.
A: Like the last sentence of our video: in a time of destruction, create something.
E: Follow what you are interested in, and there are much more beautiful things through your imagination.

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