Nicolas Gilsoul is Grand Prix de Rome. He is an architect, a doctor of science and a landscape designer. He is the founder and president of the agency in Paris.
Since 1996, his work has received numerous international awards. Since 1997, he has combined an operational practice with a consulting activity in more than 18 countries in the field of architecture, urban landscape and exceptional gardens.
His precise know-how as a craftsman and his scientific knowledge of the living world are at the service of dreams. Combining creative methods from the cinema and a prospective analysis of the future of cities, his vision is now sought after in Europe, India and the Middle East.
He is a professor at the Beaux Arts de Bruxelles, the Ecole d'Architecture Paris Malaquais and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Paysage de Versailles.
His latest book:
The architect Nicolas Gilsoul offers an erudite and original bestiary of the animals that inhabit our cities. He invites us to reconnect with the living, to draw new perspectives on the art of designing the city of tomorrow with animal genius.
Biomimicry: an innovative approach for resilient territories
For several years, drawing on its experience with pioneering local authorities, Cerema has been helping to develop and evolve, in partnership, methods to assist in the emergence and design of projects. In 2019, with the help of the Dreal Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes innovation laboratory, it has formalised a "Different projects" approach, which proposes 5 principles to mobilise the resources of collective intelligence and resilience for the benefit of the project.
In this spirit, it has initiated and is engaged in collaborative research-action dedicated to territorial biomimicry. The ambition is to make this trend, which is inspired by life, a new art of designing projects for resilient territories.
This action research is part of a historical moment when the issues related to climate change and the collapse of biodiversity are making us aware that we are reaching our physical, natural and biological limits, with the irreversible degradation of resources.
Thierry Dutoit is a research director at the CNRS within the Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et Ecologie (IMBE), of which he is deputy director. His research focuses on coexistence processes and assembly rules in Mediterranean herbaceous plant communities.
Thierry Dutoit is particularly interested in the impacts of anthropogenic disturbances over the very long term via approaches that combine paleoecology and historical ecology. The results of his work are applied to ecological restoration or ecosystem rehabilitation, particularly via bio-inspiration, which involves the management of certain key species known as "ecosystem engineers", from bacteria to large herbivores.
In August 2009, a ruptured oil pipeline in the Crau plain in the Bouches-du-Rhône department caused hydrocarbon pollution in the heart of a national nature reserve. There, for the first time in the world, we experimented with the transplantation of harvester ant founding queens to accelerate the restoration of the soil and vegetation on the land that had been rehabilitated. Eight years later, our results show that this operation has really made it possible to increase soil fertility and accelerate the return of the steppe-like vegetation, unique in the world, which pre-existed where ant nests are present, thus making it possible to validate this bio-inspired process on an operational ecological engineering scale.
Useful resources and links :
Report in the series Nature=Future / "Agronomic ants" / December 2019 /
Biomim'expo is a NewCorp Conseil initiative, brand and event.
NewCorp Conseil, a strategy and communication, CSR and Biomimicry consultancy, took the initiative of creating Biomim'expo to promote biomimicry, to reveal the players and the sector of excellence, and to promote research and innovation.
A HYBRID agency At the crossroads of different paths and expertise, we are both a monitoring and forecasting firm to keep an eye on trends, ideas and innovative approaches; a strategy and communication consultancy to enhance and amplify your commitments, actions and projects; and a societal forecasting agency to analyse opinion, identify weak signals, measure expectations and perceptions, anticipate, understand and respond.
A BIO-INSPIREE agencyThis is a new approach based on the lessons learned from the observation of living organisms and their tremendous capacity for resilience. Drawing inspiration from the living world thus becomes an asset and a lever for innovation and paradigm change, a tool for transition accelerator.
NewCorp Conseil has taken the initiative to create Biomim'expo; it identifies news and market opportunities, helps to identify opportunities, accompanies innovative projects, and puts biomimicry at the service of your innovation and development strategies, as well as internal mobilisation and attractiveness. The agency works in symbiosis with the core expertise of biomimicry, sets up multidisciplinary and creative teams adapted to the projects, and positions and proposes itself as a "particle shaker" to generate new ideas.
Edeis is a major player in the engineering and infrastructure management sector. Thanks to its innovative and sustainable vision, the group assists its clients in the implementation and operation of their development, planning and enhancement operations for spaces and territories.
The Edeis group supports its clients with innovative and sustainable solutions in fields as varied as urban management, mobility, digital, building, industry and infrastructure management.
Edeis: a new player guided by an innovative and sustainable vision
A one-stop shop for all building engineering services, Edeis is also a specialist in site management (airports and ports) for local authorities and the attractiveness of the region.
Thanks to its innovative and sustainable vision, Edeis assists its clients in the implementation and operation of their development, planning and enhancement operations for spaces and territories.
Our teams manage public and private projects, from the strategic thinking phase to their commissioning, as well as their operation and maintenance.
R20 - Regions of Climate Action is a not-for-profit international organization founded in 2011 by former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger in cooperation with a number of leading regions and NGO's, the United Nations, Development Banks, Clean-Tech companies, and Academia. Our mission is to accelerate sub-national infrastructure investments in the green economy to meaningfully contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our vision for the future involves inclusive, resilient, and low-carbon societies.
Through collaboration with and support from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and our partners, we have created a technical and financial ecosystem (R20 Value Chain), which facilitates the identification, structuring, development, and financing of sub-national green infrastructure projects.
To accelerate sub-national infrastructure investments in the green economy.
At R20 - Regions of Climate Action, we believe that cities and regions play a central role in the fight against climate change and its impact. In particular, we believe that local and regional actors are uniquely positioned to implement the transition to a low-carbon green economy, whereby natural resources are conserved, fossil fuel use is limited, public health is protected and enhanced, while societies promote equality.
Our efforts are designed to support sub-national governments around the world to develop and finance low-carbon and climate resilient infrastructure projects in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficient lighting and waste optimisation. Although local authorities are at the centre of our work, we recognise that fast-tracking the transition to inclusive, resilient and low-carbon societies requires greater mobilisation and collaboration between a wide range of stakeholders.
Our approach aims to "connect the dots" and foster understanding and interconnection between policy-makers, clean technology providers and public-private investors throughout the whole project development value chain.
Find here the activity report on the 2019-2020 year of the R20 Green Fund for Women, which works to empower women and preserve the environment in developing countries.
Through the Blue Growth initiative, the New Aquitaine Region wishes to :
Sharing a course
Through the shared drafting of a regional strategy in favour of the sustainable and controlled development of ocean-related resources with all the region's maritime stakeholders.
Making New Aquitaine a key maritime player
The central challenge is to ensure the attractiveness and vitality of existing maritime, port and coastal activities as well as the development of new economies, by supporting the initiatives of regional actors and thus claiming a significant place in national and European policies.
Meeting the challenges of today and tomorrow
In a context of increasing scarcity of continental resources, of marine resources that are still little known and fragile, and in the face of ecological challenges and those of climate change, the choices we make concerning the development of the blue economy will be decisive for the future of future generations, by favouring the creation of jobs, economic growth and by ensuring the preservation and improvement of the quality of marine ecosystems.
Finally, it will also be necessary to raise the training challenge by strengthening access to initial and continuing training and research and by improving the training/employment match in all blue growth sectors.
Because the world is changing, because our living and working environments must be rethought with respect to our environment and our individual and collective well-being, because the world's cities are subject to growing tensions and because tomorrow 70% of the population will live in them, we, as developers, must anticipate these changes and accompany them.
We want to build greener, more resource-efficient, more caring and more beautiful cities. We want to put people and their well-being back at the heart of cities.
Emmanuel Delannoy is an expert within Pikaia on biomimicry, the circular economy and the convergence between economy and biodiversity. He previously directed the INSPIRE institute and contributed to the construction of the French Agency for Biodiversity on the issues of jobs and biodiversity. Between ideas and the field, he contributes to animating and implementing the ecological reinvention of the economy, by accompanying companies and territories in their strategic reflections and transitions.
He is the author of "Permaéconomie" and "L'économie expliquée aux humains" published by Wildproject, and has contributed to numerous collective works, including the "Dictionnaire de la pensée écologique" (PUF); "Humanité et biodiversité, manifeste pour une nouvelle alliance" (Descartes et Cie); and the guide "NatureParif Entreprises, relevez le défi de la biodiversité".