Vincent Callebaut defines himself as an “archibiotect”, a neologism combining architecture, biotechnology and information, and communication technologies. Famous for its eco-neighbourhoods futuristic, he imagines biomimetic, vegetable and sustainable cities capable of coping with disasters to welcome a more resilient civilisation. SUEZ went to meet this visionary who is seeking to reconcile the human being with his ecosystem.
Repairing the climate and regenerating ecosystems
In a society undergoing a deep-seated revolution that is looking to reinvent itself, I keep thinking that the sustainable reappropriation of the world consists of transforming towns and cities into ecosystems, neighbourhoods into forests and buildings into inhabited trees. I dream of fixing the climatic machinery and of imagining resilient urban planning that could restore the balanced symbiosis between human beings and their environment.
In contrast with our energy-consuming civilisation built on a linear economy that extracts limited resources from a finite territory, that produces and consumes on a massive scale while generating debt, pollution and endless waste, my architectural philosophy is to design urban systems that use a circular economy. A circular economy where everything we produce and consume is recycled in closed loops, using exclusively renewable energy sources.
This new “regenerative” economy is bio-inspired by the symbiosis that exists in the heart of the Amazonian forest. This mature ecosystem does not produce any pollution or waste that is not considered as a natural and reusable resource. Moreover, the Amazonian forest mainly uses natural photosynthesis as its only energy source, it always adapts the form to the function, it calls on cooperation between species and always limits excesses from the exterior. Proof that nature is our best ally when it comes to building a desirable future together.