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Skills Academy: Morning session 5

Exploring constraints: sustainability in wood

Saturday 17 May 2014, 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
37 bis, boulevard de la Chapelle, Paris 10e
Open to the public (prior booking only): 

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Skills Academy: Morning session 5

The increasing scarcity of some materials, and the resulting, more intensive use of wood, prompts a re-think of this natural material par excellence, as a renewable rather than an endangered resource. Well-managed forests constitute a readily available, easily accessible source, but over-exploitation inevitably affects the environmental balance of specific regions, and the planet as a whole. This morning session explores two interconnected themes: How to promote local resources, localised sourcing, and the responsible, sustainable exploitation of forests? And what impact will climate change have on forest cover in Europe?


9.30 a.m.
Constraints on wood as a renewable resource and material
Round-table discussion moderated by Hugues Jacquet, sociologist, director of the Masters programme  Sustainable development and organisational responsibility at Université Paris-Dauphine. 
Joël Boulier, geographer, co-author (with Laurent Simon) of Atlas de la forêt (‘The Forest Atlas’, Autrement, Paris, 2009) 
Jean-François Dhôte, Head of Research and Development, Office National des Forêts, expert on the impact of climate change on French forests.
Arnaud Godevin, engineer, director of ESB Nantes - École Supérieure du Bois 

10.45 a.m.  
Break – Café, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord 

11.15 a.m.
Wood: cyclical ecology and eco-design
Philippe Schiesser, Eco-design engineer

2014 sees the launch of the Skills Academy – a biennial programme from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, aimed at artisans, designers and engineers seeking to re-examine their professional practice and the transmission of core skills in the context of new developments and change in their field. The theme of the inaugural Skills Academy is ‘Xylomania! Exploring wood-working skills and expertise.’Throughout the Academy’s first semester, morning sessions open to the public examine a broad spectrum of topics in the world of wood and wood-working.

> Forward to Morning session 6: A Sensual Material

> Back to Morning session 4: Materials and techniques (2)

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Under the supervision of Patrick Jouin, Guest designer and Skills Academy educational director.