Urban Design

Entropie

Nouveau Studio

We saw a snack bar take flight

Entropie is an experimental mobile kitchen project that uses minimal energy. This work by designers Simon Marcotte and Madly Fuss (Nouveau Studio) is a moving architectural object where two universes merge and interact: the art of culinary transformation, and the temporary occupation of a territory. Kinetic mesh covers this unusual kitchen, creating a changing landscape that reveals, with every gust of wind, the human energy essential to creation.

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ENJOYING

Nourishing box: A small kitchen on a transparent beach, covered by a fishnet of white and yellow strips that pulsate with the wind.

Village au Pied-du-Courant: An experimental riverside urban beach on the Jacques Cartier bridge towering high above the freight trains, where we hear the screams of delighted terror coming from the rides and rollercoaster at La Ronde.

Cricket flour blinis: a local treat with hints of hazelnuts, heralding the singing tomorrows.

Were Montreal to be submerged under the waters of a tsunami or to succumb to the tremors of an earthquake, we could take shelter in this unlikely haven between highway and railroad, above the immensity of the river, where every year designers and environmentalists envision a small but sturdy utopia.

This year as part of the Possibles project, the designers Madly Fuss and Simon Turcotte imagined for the Village a compact kitchen named Entropie, astonishing in its simplicity and frugality. It seems to want to fly away. 

The future necessitates cleansing and lightness so as to lessen our impact on this exhausted planet as much as possible. And so, as dusk approached on the 22nd of June, we enjoyed a charming initiatory journey along the blonde beach and discovered a vegetable garden tended by young people from a rehabilitation program (we could pick peppers, zucchinis and fresh herbs). There was also a small cricket farm named Insecto. Crickets are a sustainable source of protein that, unlike the global meat industry, doesn’t generate any climate warming. Moreover, there was the incredible, integrated Umiko aquaponics system which involves: (1) Letting insects thrive in organic waste. (2) Feeding those insects to fish. (3) Using fish droppings to fertilize the soil. (4) Growing vegetables in the soil.

The greatest rewards were the trout and the cricket blinis by chef Frédéric Bourgault that were served at the Nourishing Box kitchen window, all of it as delicious as the promise of a softer life and a future without predation.

Utopia

The weight of our presence on Earth: ourselves, our highways, our malls, our cars, our infinite fields of grain, our tar-covered roofs, OUR HOUSES. Our houses. In Canada, building construction and use is responsible for a third of energy consumption, half of natural resource consumption, and over a third of greenhouse gas emissions (1). 

SAND, ROCK, METAL, OIL and WOOD. Resource extraction, transportation and transformation, the energy required for construction, the energy used for heating and electricity, the deforestation linked to urban sprawl. Our houses, our sedentary lifestyle, our insatiable need for comfort – all of this weighs heavily on our planet.  


Even so, scientists from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) continue to insist that we are capable of rapidly reducing the impact of construction on climate change. This is an area where we can act decisively. Yet because the lands and rivers of Quebec and Canada abound in natural resources, we feel entitled to waste them.

WE WANT

 
We want to fly to infinity, like the white and wispy fruits of the dandelion. We want to lessen our presence and our impact. We want our houses to sway in the wind, like “anniversary banners or laundry hanging on clotheslines” (say Simon Marcotte and Madly Fuss, designers of the Entropie kitchen).

We know that an ecological housing revolution is underway. We want our cities to be at the heart of it. We advocate for increased financial and technical support allocated to efforts to consume less energy, and to use construction and renovation materials that are less environmentally damaging. 

We bear witness to nature’s wrath as it sends us tornadoes and hurricanes, tsunamis and devastation. We want to prepare our cities and our houses for this new era; render them resilient and protective, strong when rattled by the storm, inclusive and durable.

We must be  determined, aware, perseverant, steadfast and capable of finding the strength to listen and resist collectively. Together, let’s build a city that can shake without collapsing, that produces energy without wasting it.

We are Montreal.
We want to bring forth the future, today.

Traces

Entropie about Energy

Discover the route the public was invited to follow and the passport created for the occasion here.

ID card

Nouveau Studio

Nouveau Studio

Nouveau Studio is a young multidisciplinary design company founded in February 2015. Their founders, Simon Marcotte and Madly Fuss, graduated from the National School of Woodworking and the design school of UQAM both in Montreal. Nouveau studio conceives and realizes micro-architecture, furniture and object projects, and articulates its approach around craftsmanship, new technologies and the role of design on a daily basis. Overall, the studio explores both small and medium scale projects and tries to link different specialties within the field of design to find simple solutions adapted to any project anchored in a specific cultural and socio-economic context.

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Co-production and co-diffusion

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LA SERRE – arts vivants

Credits for the piece

Creation Simon Marcotte et Madly Fuss | Nouveau Studio

Vidéo

Director and Editor Joël Morin-Ben Abdallah; 
Camera Isabelle Stachtchenko, Charlie Marois, Joel Morin-Ben Abdallah;
Sound Sophie Bédard Marcotte, Joel Morin-Ben Abdallah;
Filming was made possible thanks to the equipment provided by ON EST 10, solidarity co-op

Photos

Event Lucie Rocher
Portrait Maryse Boyce | Baron Mag

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