Cultural anthropologist, Director of the NGO Dar Si Hmad, MoroccoJamila Bardach owns a Ph.D in cultural anthropology from Rice University, Houston TX USA in 1998. Professor at the National School of Architecture, ENA Rabat from 2000 to 2009 at which date she was given the task of managing a Southern-based Foundation in Morocco. Since this date, Jamila Bardach contributed to the building of the largest fog collection project in the world, and has founded an Ethnographic Field School that hosts and fosters environmental educational programs. She has also run tens of development and education-based initiatives in Morocco’s Southwest. She is the winner of the 2018 Moroccan edition of the Tamayuz Prize for projects benefiting rural women, the 2018 French Suez Foundation Prize, and the UNFCCC prize in 2016 during the COP22-Marrakech.
French Agronomist, Gardener, Landscape gardener, Botanist and Entomologist.
In 1977, Gilles Clément ceased his activity of designing gardens for private clients to devote himself to "the public space" and founded the Acanthe Workshop in 1985. He moved independently as an artist in 2000 and organized his services in co-contracting with landscape workshops, especially Coloco in Paris.
The concept of Jardin en Mouvement, born from an experiment in its own garden in the Creuse region, finds its application in public space for the first time in the Parc André Citroën in 1986. The book bearing the same name appears in 1991. More 20 works will follow, some of them addressing other important concepts, such as The Planetary Garden (exhibition at La Villette in 1999/2000) and Le Tiers-Paysage (2003), translated into several languages.
As a teacher at the National School of Versailles from 1980 to 2012, Gilles Clément also gave classes at the Collège de France in 2011/12 as part of the Chair of Artistic Creation and continues as a temporary teacher in the form of workshops in Italy, Spain and France.
Several awards have been dedicated to his work, including the "Grand Prix du paysage" in 1998. The André Citroën Park (in co-design), the Domaine du Rayol in the Var, the Jardins de l'Arche in Nanterre, the Valloires Garden in the Somme, the Matisse Park in Lille, the garden of the Quai Branly museum in Paris, the roof of the submarine base of Saint Nazaire (Jardin du Tiers-landscape) are among the best-known projects of the public.
The traveling exhibition "Toujours la vie invente", created in 2013 in Saint-Benoît du Sault, installed at the Cultural Center of Noirlac meeting (2014) then at the Paris Val de Seine School of Architecture (2015), at the Melle's Biennale of Contemporary Art (2015), the Meyrin Art Center in Geneva (2016) and the Trévarez Park in Brittany (2017) will be presented in Lausanne in 2019.
Member of the Academy des Sciences (Science of the Universe) since 2013 and director of CNRS research at the Institute of planetology and astrophysics of Grenoble, the astrophysicist Anne-Marie Lagrange is authoritative in the field of extra-solar planetary systems, their formation and evolution. After studying at Polytechnique, she did a thesis during which she participated in the discovery of the first star surrounded by a disk of matter, prefiguring the formation of a planet. Specialist in spectroscopy, she collaborated in 2004 to realize the exceptional photo of an extra-solar planet and discovered in 2008 the exoplanet Beta Pictoris b with the Very Large Telescope (VLT) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO).
A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, trained in architecture and physics, Nicolas Reeves is a creator-researcher at the School of Design at the University of Quebec in Montreal. His work is characterized by the highly poetic use of science and technology. Founding member, then research-creation director of the Hexagram Institute from 2001 to 2009, vice-president of the Society for Arts and Technology for ten years, he is Head of the NXI Gestatio Design Laboratory that explores the impact of digital in all areas related to the design. Several of his works have had an important media impact, such as the Cloud Harp, Aérostabiles, which studies the artistic potential of flying cubic automata capable of developing autonomous behaviors, or Point d'Origine, which explores the transposition of major architectural places into sound waves. Winner of several awards and scholarships, he presented his work and gave lectures worldwide.
Karolina Sobecka examines social arrangements that exploit, resist or accommodate technological change. Her work has been shown internationally, including at the Victoria & Albert Museum, The National Art Museum of China, MoMa Film, ZKM and Marfa Dialogues, and has received numerous awards, including from Creative Capital, NYFA and Princess Grace Foundation. Sobecka has taught at SAIC, RISD, and NYU, and is currently a doctoral researcher at the Institute for Aesthetic Practice and Theory, HGK in Basel.
Cultural anthropologist, Director of Durham University’s interdisciplinary Institute of Advanced Study, United Kingdom. Veronica Strang is a cultural anthropologist and directs. Her research focuses on human-environmental relations, especially societies’ engagements with water. She has held academic positions at the University of Oxford, the University of Wales, Goldsmiths University and the University of Auckland. From 2013-17 she chaired the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth. In 2000 she received a Royal Anthropological Institute Urgent Anthropology Fellowship, and in 2007 an international water prize from UNESCO. Key publications include Uncommon Ground: cultural landscapes and environmental values (Berg 1997); The Meaning of Water (Berg 2004); Gardening the World: agency, identity and the ownership of water (Berghahn 2009); Ownership and Appropriation (Berg 2010) and Water: nature and culture (Reaktion 2015). She is currently writing a major comparative text examining historical and contemporary beliefs about water serpent beings.
Arturo Vittori is the director of the research and design studio Architecture and Vision, CEO of the American NGO Warka Water Inc and founder of the fashion brand Culture A Porter. After graduating from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Florence, he gained experiences collaborating with architects such as Santiago Calatrava and Jean Nouvel. From 2002 to 2004 he was Manager of Cabin Design at Airbus, in Toulouse, taking part in the cabin design for the first A380 aircraft; from 2004 to 2006 he worked with Future Systems, collaborating with Anish Kapoor in the design of two subway stations in Naples, while in 2006 he practiced yacht design at the studio Francis Design. He has spoken at numerous international conferences on the topics of aerospace architecture, technology transfer and sustainability, and also taught at various Universities.