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M.E.G.A. - Module for the utilization of clay deposits

Niveau Zéro Atelier - N0A

  Mobile platform for the production of ceramic objects that is installed on construction sites to reuse the green clay revealed during the excavation phase

Mobile platform for the production of ceramic objects that is installed on construction sites to reuse the green clay revealed during the excavation phase

“M.E.G.A. (which stands for Module d’exploitation de gisement argilifère, literally the Module for the Utilization of Clay Deposits), is a mobile platform for the production of ceramic objects that is plugged in to architectural projects to put to use any layers of clay that are uncovered during the excavation phase. Our research stems from a desire for autonomy and a return to local production, which we wish to reconnect with the resources from the surroundings and the people living on the lands of the Greater Paris. How can a deposit and its resource be developed? Our practice is built on the parallel exploration of deposits within a territory as well as the resources they contain.

We believe in-situ production is part of the solution to these issues. The M.E.G.A. semi-industrial research and production tool brings together all the stages of production of terracotta objects, from the transformation of the crude clay into usable raw material to the firing of the objects obtained.” - Niveau Zéro Atelier - N0A
Project by Niveau Zéro Atelier - N0A
Niveau Zéro Atelier- N0A is a workshop for spatial research and production, and all other volume-based forms, both poetic and functional. Its members hail from horizons that are closely related to one another — architecture, design, and plastic arts — and strive to pool their knowledge to think about both the use of objects and spaces and the poetic power attached to that use. The projects it engages with all touch on the key issue of territory, extending from the scope of a gesture to that of an entire environment.

Partners
ETS Bermann, provider of fine clays
Katherine Dara, ceramist
City of Bagnolet
Les Mazures, Grez-sur-Loing
Géotec, engineering consultancy
Myriam Duc (Université Gustave Eiffel - IFSTTAR
Laboratoire GERS - SRO
Violaine Sautter (CNRS)
Anna Saint Pierre, PhD (SCAU)

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