English resume

We would like to combine the possibilities of creating high-quality housing that is coherent with environmental issues and contemporary technological and digital capacities, as well as with democratic, participatory behaviour and emerging, sometimes unpublished, lifestyles.

We are looking for a current and future architecture, creations that respond to new habits of living and that proposes them.

One can think, perceive, that a lighter and nomadic world is preparing itself, it is not rational if one thinks of houses and durable homes, but one can foresee a passage forced by a form of light installations, themselves renewable rather easily, forms adapted to techniques that open up literal perspectives and which allow other forms freed from the usual building codes, technical processes, financing and materials.

Their approach is therefore not top-down as are the prestigious and emblematic buildings but by simpler, manual or almost shared tools, within reach of the inhabitants themselves, allied to the most advanced digital techniques and contemporary biological discoveries.

Grouped habitats that reconcile us with vegetation, the cultivation of gardens in short circuits but also with a less sedentary lifestyle, an economy that takes into account a sharing of activities of the day between sitting positions, abstract cerebral on the one hand and participation in cultural, physical, manual and creative activities.

Buildings for example realized by rotating teams around groups of people, and even new professional techniques.

We can participate in 3D printing, laser cutting, recyclable materials, positive habitat, etc. Working towards shared, non-polluting mobility.


From the Biennale of Architecture of Lyon 2017

The project to live is an open study on a future habitat. Architects, designers, landscapers, urban planners, engineers, artists, sociologists, philosophers, eco-farmers and citizens are invited to participate in this event. Its goal, besides a search for future possibilities or even utopian, is to approach a feasibility for its best hypotheses and to realize prototypes and real experiences of habitation. Its operation and development are done in an open and shared network in the form of living labs and fablabs.

The social, technical, numerical, ecological and environmental aspects are at the heart of the project, which is based on what exists today as a track or prototype and what could become real in the immediate future and from a few years to a few decades. Our society puts habitat at the heart of the current problems by the presence of entire sections of poverty and social and ecological mutations. We must build, but also repair, transform, rehabilitate, create new resources, replenish what we produce.

Practically, the main research and exhibition centers are:

  • A landscape, a territory, will tell a utopian future but will also seek to describe a real city – hard, dense, mineral – and tell how it can evolve by the gradual inversion, even modest, of the texture of its built surfaces, public surfaces, Public spaces in porous surfaces, irrigated plants, cultivated.
  • Manned complexes incorporate advanced human lifestyle, sharing, cooperation, environmental data capabilities including advanced techniques for solar energy sources, photosynthesis, water cycle and use, soil ties, The plants, gardens and cultures in harmony with the place.
  • Habitats in a canopy or industrial wasteland describe the climatic and constructive advantages, possible way of life and implementation by the presence of gardens, thermal baths, shared spaces. Energy sources make it a positive energy space, virtuous sanitation circuits irrigate gardens and produce compost. The possible lightness of the constructions makes them accessible to an auto construction, traditional techniques to be shared, to a great formal and functional freedom.
  • Habitats made by 3D printing show ease of design and construction, through new forms, implementations and better accessibility by the inhabitants, through a process more economical, fast and easy to transmit. These still experimental technologies can also be combined with traditional techniques, particularly in greenhouses or wastelands with a temperate climate.

The Team

MichelPhilippon, on the initiative of “Projet Habiter” ( Project To Live).

mpproductionisan agency of architecture, art and space design, based in Geneva and L’Abergement de Varey near Ambérieu en Bugey (01).


The Laisné Roussel agency with Dimitri Roussel and Nicolas Laisné brings the creative energy of a young and large architecture agency strongly oriented towards ecological values, light, materials, new urban uses and large projects.


Nicolas Lucchini is an independent architect and landscape designer who runs public space projects in France and Switzerland.


Frédéric Sauvadet trained in Permaculture at Bec Hellouin Farm in Normandy, and a company manager, allows us to systematically integrate plant, air, water and short and fertile circuits into the habitat and for urban, market gardening and rural areas.


Baptiste Menu, and the association Open Sources, develop an advanced and relevant approach on the question of re-use of materials introduced in large projects with our group.


Fablabs: Lab01 in Ambérieu en Bugey, La Myne in Lyon, 8 Fablab in Crest are about open, fluid, spontaneous and international operations. Isabelle Radtke, Connie and Benjamin Chow-Petit and Carole Thourigny lead and represent them for our team. They participate with a wide range in the most futuristic experiments on habitat biology, biomimicry, 3D printing techniques, but also emergency habitats.


Henry Dicks, Doctor of Philosophy, brings philosophical thought and approach to ecology, biomimicry, metaphors with the forest and a thought about the « conscious » city.


Isabelle Radtke Les Usines Louise, artist – Symbiotic bio-production with its connected forest LUL project creates a utopia based on a Swiss reality of identity of each tree towards its exploitation.


Project partners

The company Marchegay – Mtech SAS

N ° 1 in France, in greenhouses and greenhouses studies, greenhouse solutions and proposes, to produce and support research with the professionals of our team but also with students of the two partner schools. They will participate in the production and manufacturing of models, prototypes on scale and work on « intelligent » lenses, low tech and high tech mechanics.


Pitch Promotion Prelud

Leo Grosse


Exposition Text


One day maybe, in a world where
we will breathe better, we will move more often on foot or with bicycles, with shared vehicles and gasoline-free,

We will not own them, they
will be free access and will have developed motors from air, water, pedals,
dynamo or solar powered with
batteries of new generations.

Public transport will also be as systematic as possible, of simple trams, trains, and others faster means like today between cities and countries.

Roads, taxiways
have greatly diminished their rights of way on the ground.

There will be fewer rolling surfaces waterproofed and brutal.

Soils in cities will breathe better also, they will be converted into spaces and public squares, gardens, local vegetable crops, aisles of compacted sand or simply less intensively frequented by mechanical dominance. The exchanges will be easier between people becoming more neighbourly in a way.

All sources of energy tend towards more solar power, towards photosynthesis and non-polluting sources replacing progressively fossil fuels and plastic materials that are still multi-present and necessary.

Biomimicry will make it possible to scientifically be closer to the realities. In our homes,
environment, the water cycle, if essential, will be rehabilitated and used for wastewater, even in the collective dwellings, by worms.

For example, they will irrigate gardens and urban and peri-urban cultures. They will revive rivers cleared of canals, parks, fauna and flora required and be beneficial to the air and well-being of Inhabitants, and give back more life. like a forest the city will be reborn even.

Existing street buildings, all cities and rural areas will be progressively and systematically isolated thermally and require very little heating.

Gardens will be planted, courtyards re-opened, artisanal activities and
Industrial plants will be re-installed in the city where public space will regain its qualities and diversity. The heart of big cities, dense, business centers will see different kinds of buildings, lower, inspired towers, forestry and biomimicry through their organic functioning, their materials such as wood and respiration systems and new kinds of energy.

Their Interior spaces, bright, they will be real places of sharing and activity, less segregated and hierarchical.

More people will gather in cooperatives to finance their habitations and sometimes build them themselves.

Residential buildings will provide common areas for services, thermal baths, guest rooms, meetings, parties and work. Natural light will be generous, healthy materials will constitute them. New tenure rules, financial and administrative will emerge.

These new constructions will be taken into account of their environment,
their relationship with the neighbourhood, subdivisions integrated into the city and in the countryside while knowing how to live in nearby buildings, that are linked, grouped,
allowing everyone intimacy in an open community, not false individualities by pavilions that create similar banalities.

On the edge of cities, in neighborhoods, of cleared brownfields will secure and be inhabited by new forms of of life.

We will do the same with new forms of stained glass, horticultural types, secure,
Intelligently ventilated, refreshed and heated. In these two kinds of envelopes structures can be created to form more freely in self-construction if we want, using as many traditional techniques such as straw, earth, textile structures, and self-supporting wood panels. New techniques such as

3D printers and robots or porticos to the scale of buildings, will result in significant savings, with greater and more direct forms of freedom and ownership of projects. We will implement new types of materials, knitted houses, woven or assembled more

All materials will be evaluated for their possible re-use and their expiry of ecological use.

Constructs by additive printing allow new forms of housing, more easily generated by curves analogous to pottery. They allow to integrate forms of furniture to sit, lie down and the same people can reduce their objects and equipment, centered on more
streamlined connected systems.

The large spaces of greenhouses and many brownfield industrial countries allow the creation of gardens, spaces of flowers, poetry and beauty.

On the edge of cities, gourmet forests, micro farms of permaculture for example.

People will live more often near their place of work, we will work connected from home with a certain autonomy. Workshops developed in the fashion of fablabs, third places and coworking spaces also bring each of its activities closer to its questions and to others.

Industrial agriculture will evolve towards strong ecological objectives,
water will be re-empowered, land will be detoxified from chemicals that asphyxiate and use them.

Big industry will be more tuned in to people and their real needs. They will limit their madness of blind growth.

A good artificial intelligence will be employed and a humanity rediscovered that will support a possible life in a better world.

Aware that a step is a step forward, Project Habiter goes in this direction.


– MP, Avril 2017