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FAIRE 2022

Towards an urban, social, and solidarity permaculture

Waren Boyeau & Alice Quillet

Research action into urban, social, and solidarity permaculture in Rosny-sous-Bois in close cooperation with the residents of a working-class neighborhood.

Research action into urban, social, and solidarity permaculture in Rosny-sous-Bois in close cooperation with the residents of a working-class neighborhood.


“The municipality of Rosny-sous-Bois, in the Seine-Saint-Denis département, is well known for its shopping center, which is one of the largest in the Île-de-France region. This shopping center is located right at the heart of the working-class neighborhood of Les Marnaudes. What does this reveal about the relationship to consumption of suburbanites? People in the most precarious situations will be directly impacted by the consequences of climate change, yet they are regularly absent from the initiatives that are cropping up here and there. Why is there such a distance and how can the necessary complementarity between environmental and social issues be demonstrated? What alternative approaches to consumerism are currently offered to suburbanites or could be offered to them? The project focuses on the issue of food consumption.

The project brings together environmental and social issues. By shifting away from major environmental issues, which are sometimes far removed from precarious social contexts, it aims to provide local, tangible solutions which re-empower local residents.

The selected approach is that of permaculture, viewed less as an agricultural technique than as a systemic approach: how can a system operate efficiently, using locally sourced resources, without destroying its local environment and while also benefiting the community.

The project will take place in three stages, starting with a research stage aiming to identify the needs and resources of the territory, followed by the creation of an exhibition to highlight the findings of the study, and finally implementing the proposed solutions.

The research stage, which will extend over the year 2023, will include two aspects: a ‘listening campaign’ as well as resource mapping.

The listening campaign will be a first step, focused on learning about the residents. This will take place in order to better understand their needs, and to work together on building this overarching approach to ecology.

This co-construction process is crucial in order to form strong ties and create a collective momentum around the project. Group meetings, meetings with social stakeholders, and individual meetings will be organized.

At the same time, a mapping of the resources and potentialities of the territory in terms of permaculture (water, soil, space…) will be carried out.

At the end of this first phase, an exhibition will be created, and presented to residents in order to stimulate thought and discussion.”

Waren Boyeau & Alice Quillet, a multidisciplinary team that aims to provide each person with the tools for emancipation while giving a voice to the people concerned in order to build new possibilities with them.

Alice Quillet, specialist in the accompaniment of people in difficulty and in collective organization
Graduated of Sciences Po Bordeaux, she is committed to applying project methodology to increase social justice.
Alice Quillet has worked on several associative projects of access to rights and accompaniment for different publics such as asylum seekers, refugees, or high school dropouts.
Since 2020, within a feminist anti-racist association, she has been training activists in collective organization methods. Thanks to the tools of popular education, she is experimenting with methods that allow everyone to reappropriate their stories and their struggles.

Waren Boyeau, scenographic designer
Graduated of the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, he is committed to developing a practice around space as a tool for transmission.
Waren Boyeau designs and produces educational exhibitions in which he offers audiences sensitive and playful experiences, with the constant concern of addressing the largest number.
In 2018, he founded the Association DYS POSEY which aims to raise public awareness of dys disorders, through events (exhibitions, conferences, workshops). Being dyslexic, he had, on this occasion, the ambition to offer a new look on dyslexia, to give keys to allow to live with it, and to make it an ally rather than an enemy as well for children in their schooling as for adults in the business world. Through this work put in space, he tries to approach this handicap by empathy and with benevolence by questioning the established standards.
Since 2019, giving an important place to the transmission with young audiences, Waren Boyeau intervenes in the framework of residencies or workshops. Thus, he shares with groups, the tools of language through space.