Experimentation

In parallel with its training activities, in order to put in transition the domain of Forges, the Transition Campus has structured its research into four workshops that work hand in hand: the BATER workshop for buildings and energy, the bio-regional economy workshop for the insertion of the project in the local territory, the Finance workshop, and the Governance workshop.

The Campus is also a research and experimentation institution

Action-research

  • Expertise center on transition studies, with international scholars in residence for a few weeks to one year
  • Research-action and consulting programs, in partnership with local companies and other academic institutions
  • Business intelligence on socio-economical aspects of ecological transition, as a resource center for companies and the academic world
  • A peer reviewed online journal project

Experimentation

Experimental co-construction, along with partners, of the transition of the Forges domain and its territory, with a clear goal of demonstrating sustainable, possible and desirable alternatives to our current way of life.

  • Sponsorship in nature to foster the transition of the domain: food, building, energy and mobility
  • Sponsorship in skills to set up and develop a bioregional economy in the south of Paris
  • Host of innovating initiatives within a home fab lab, on transition issues: agro-ecology, frugality, low-tech, solidarity…

 

Four workshops to transition the domain of Forges

The experiment promoted by the Campus is of great magnitude. It is organized around
four projects which will be at the same time centers for reflection, research and action in
coordination with each other. They will help develop and document
knowledge and know-how on building renovation, energy management, mobility,
social inclusion, the regional economy, food security, good
governance practices, financial resources, etc. They will serve as concrete bases for
shared reflections both theoretical and practical.

  • The BATER workshop (for Building and Energy) focuses on the renovation of the domain of
    Forges, involving the restoration of ancient monuments and paying
    special attention to energy management. The goal is to ensure consistency
    with transition priorities and ultimately achieve carbon neutrality of the building.
  • The Bio-regional Economy workshop aims to ensure the practical anchoring of the Campus for Transition in a location, the domain of Forges and a territory with all the dimensions to “inhabit a place”, including issues of relationships and collaborations, social inclusion, food, development activities that bring a territory alive and strengthens its resilience to climate and energy risks.
  • The Finance workshop is dedicated to creating an ethically sustainable business model for the Campus.
  • The Governance workshop raises the question of the organizational model for the Campus for Transition, thinking about its impact on the way of working and on the quality of life of its members.