A catalog of fictional devices to better grasp the city of the future and raise awareness of contemporary social and architectural challenges.
April 2023 : Poumtchak Studio in residency at La Fabrique Sonore
From March 30th, Poumtchak Studio starts a residency at La Fabrique Sonnore, in order to begin the manufacturing phase and the first prototypes of its devices.
Le Fabrique Sonore is a center for research, experimentation, awareness, transmission and documentation dedicated to sound in the public space and developed by the company Décor Sonore, resident at the Villa Mais d'ici in Aubervilliers.
March 2023: Workshops for the general public at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal
On 4 and 11 March 2023, Poumtchak studio launches a call for contributions in the form of two half-day workshops at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, around two themes: Inclusiveness and sociability; Ecology and comfort.
February 2023 : First workshop with students from ENSA Paris-Malaquais
During the week of February 13 to 17, 2023, the Poumtchak studio organised a workshop at ENSA Paris-Malaquais. 19 students, from the first year of the bachelor's degree to the first year of the master's degree, got together in groups of two or three in order to raise contemporary architectural and societal issues and to respond to them by designing a fictitious and absurd device. Each device, in response to the issue raised, allows us to understand the city of tomorrow on its own scale.
How can we eliminate the stress of public transport?
How to feed the entire population well?
How can we keep our opinions safe?
How to abolish the violence suffered by women, which has remained taboo in Casablanca for too long?
How to move around while reducing CO2 consumption?
How to make the standard urban space more accessible to people of "non-standard" size?
How can we reduce the electricity consumption of data centres?
How to green urban space?
From problematisation to analysis, the 8 groups of students had to deal with their issue in order to understand it and act on their own scale.
The course of the week was deliberately oriented in the form of an open discussion circle. Therefore, the issues raised here are only a small part of the richness of the issues discussed during the week. How can we act as architects at our scale? What to change? Why do we want to change? How are we legitimate?
- “How can the energy use of cities be reduced?
- How can the presence of women in the public space be affirmed?
- How can one enjoy a terrace as a non-smoker?
- How can we face climate disruption?
- How can we anticipate rising water levels?
Have you ever wondered how you could address these issues in your daily life?
Halfway between reality and fantasy, the ‘Catalog of fictional devices to better grasp the city of the future’ is an instrument for raising awareness around contemporary social and architectural challenges. It tackles, questions, and critiques these issues at the scale of the human body. The catalog provokes peoples’ consciences and challenges biases, using absurdity as a vector of communication.
- A cost-saving, sound-detecting lamppost, which lowers the energy use of cities as it is activated 10 minutes at a time after it is screamed at.
- Female presence-amplifying clappers, which highlight the presence of women in the public space.
- A climate stabilizer, which counters climate disruption by providing an oversupply of heat (in the form of hot pepper) or coolness (peppermint chewing gum).
- An EMF-blocking helmet, which protects the residents of connected cities.
- An anti-stressful city suit, which haptically lowers stress levels during rush hour.
- An office intimacy bubble for open-plan setups.
Through our bodies, we feel, touch, perceive, and listen to our environments. By acting directly on them, we can change our perception of our surroundings. We thus design portable devices in order to turn residents into active agents of the transformation of the city by having them wear physical responses to contemporary challenges on their own bodies.
Poumtchak is a scenography and architecture research studio, founded in 2021 by Charly Dufour and Elsa Lebrun, both architects.
Through the studio, they question different ways of perceiving space by playing with the senses.
They defend a double dimension:
- architectural research, through which they analyze contemporary architectural and societal issues through the prism of the senses.
- scenography, through which they put their research into practice. With the help of devices, they place the body at the heart of their projects by building new spaces halfway between the real and the imaginary.
Collaboration: Michelin Guide (scenography), Macki Festival (scenography), ENSA Lyon (research and teaching), ENSA Paris-Malaquais (scenography and teaching), École zéro (workshop), Maison de l'architecture de Poitiers (conference), Cité de la Musique (scenography) and Cité de l'architecture (scenography).
Distinction: Winners 2021 and 2022 of the Place au Son competition of the Unesco Sound Week.