Antonio Scarponi / Conceptual Devices

"Soiless Edible Eden"

June 25th – July 1st 2017


The Tutor

Antonio Scarponi is an architect. He draws like an artist, thinks like a designer, and dreams like a poet. For him, design is a form of love. A form of a tangible love narrative which he calls device, or a strategic tool that can take different shapes and scales but establishes a love relationship between people and things.

He is the founder of the Zurich-based practice Conceptual Devices. He studied architecture at the Cooper Union, New York, and at IUAV, Venice, from which he holds a Ph.D. in urban design. He is the recipient of the social innovation design Prize "Curry Stone" 2008. He is also the co-Founder of TANTOOO, a beanbag chair where to read and write fairytales and author of ELIOOO, an instruction manual about "how to go to Ikea and grow food in your apartment".

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"Soiless Edible Eden"
June 25th – July 1st

The Workshop

This workshop will explore an idea of design as a concrete form of poetic knowledge.

Based on ELIOOO, the instruction manual about "How to go to IKEA and build a device to grow food in your apartment," attendants will be provided with some IKEA materials as well as some essential soilless gardening knowledge which will allow them to build site-specific edible garden concepts.

During this course, attendants will learn about different easy hydroponic techniques and find out how to turn them into a live and edible spatial installation made with some IKEA parts and some simple gardening material. The installations created by the workshop attendants are meant to produce fresh food for the Boisbuchet community year-round. Vegetables and herbs to be cultivated in the installations will be based on previous special request from Boisbuchet's chef who, in return, will guarantee the conversion of the soilless garden into an edible Eden.

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• accommodation & food are included
• we can accommodate for special catering
• all participants sleep in dormitories
> to book a private room or bring additional guests, get in touch: manager@boisbuchet.org

• our staff is available to help you conceptualize & produce your designs
• tools & materials are provided by Boisbuchet
• all workshops are taught in English
• the number of participants is limited to 22
> Read about our educational approach

• weekly bonfire, exhibition & guided tour of the Domaine
• 3 conferences from designers
• the famous Wednesday Porky’s party
> Read what participants say about Boisbuchet