Vegetal pavillon, tables and plantbags.
Made of reused materials from the region
Annecy, France - spring 2019

Magasin des Horizons, ESAAA, Indigo Architecture, Ecrévis
Exhibited at Annecy Paysage, France, 7 july- 15 sept 2019

The Alibi is a vegetal kiosk with tables, an alibi for meeting around essential know-how we need to succeed with the ecological transition. The Alibi invites you to find yourself between curious and learned, in the (re)learning of sustainable gestures and techniques. You are welcome to bring and share your knowledge and learn from others. That it is to repair an object to make it last, or to share a technique become obsolete in the industrial age, but essential in our time to redefine a new modernity.

All objects produced were made from recuperated materials, both natural and technical nutriments, from forests and industries in the region, that otherwise would go unused.

Ideal territory

Terrestrial human activity is accelerating disproportionately to available resources. We arrive at a pivotal and critical moment for the survival of the human species, and have three years to rethink all our uses and our eco-systems, to re-calibrate them with a degree of urgency similar to that of a world war. Without this, and according to James Anderson of the Climatology-Atmospheric Chemistry Department of Harvard (USA) in an interview published in the spring of 2018, human extinction will begin. A real decrease is therefore imperative, a new ecology of the human environment, as approached by the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019.

Since 2017, the independent design studio Ralston Bau has committed to creating a design idealistic to decode the complexity of our world and connect people and shared spaces. Practicing transformative design, Ralston Bau takes ideas to action and complex questions to the essential object. The ideal territory is an immersion: a collective exploration in your context, school, city. The challenge is clearly to transform and (re) enchant our society without delay so that it is regenerating. We thus immersed ourselves collectively and individually in shared local spaces, met people we learn through empathic observations and interviews. In this urgent need for change, the solution lies in circular principles: we need to rethink everything for short cycles and networks that have little impact. We shared, visualised and tested these reflections via installation, proposals of tangible and activable uses: the Ideal Territories.

The Annecians

On the territory of Annecy municipality, we interviewed several citizens and asked them their stories towards random encounters, and how do they relate to unexpected meetings in the common space. These immersion allowed us to gather precious rooted testimonials and insights that empowered our scenario process further, to be just and immersive.

Essential know-how

Through our transformative design process, we investigated several scenarios and finalise the one we judged recurrent in our interviews and essential: creating meeting alibi to share essential know-how that will by consequence, enhance a regenerative community. "Alibi de rencontre" (meeting alibi in english) was born.

Alibi de rencontre

Alibi is based on reused materials, collected locally in nature and from regional industries. The manufacture of the Alibi uses craft techniques belonging to the Alpine region, such as basketry, climbing knots and sailors.

Design by Studio Ralston Bau.
In collaboration with the MAGASIN des Horizons Grenoble, the installation was carried out within the ESAAA during the spring of 2019. Alibi de rencontres has been selected for Annecy Paysages 2019 programming.

Participants in the realisation;
Dominique Morand, Architect, Marseille, France.
Heidi Malivin, Margaux Stievenart, Constantin Rouget - ESAAA students, Annecy, France.
Silje Tombre, Lina Haveland - UiB students, KMD Institute of Design, Bergen, Norway.

The Ideal Territory is part of the 2019 programming of the Idealist Institute which has been carried out in three countries; France, England and Norway. Students from the Product Design and Ceramics Department of Central Saint-Martins in London worked on the Ideal Modules: a similar reflection on their contextual complexity, and in relation to the object. Space Design students at the KMD Institute of Design in Bergen worked on habitat-related uses and ideal materials.

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