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Wed 9.6.

‘Working with Bioplastics – Natural Artificiality’: Win a free ticket for Beat Karrer’s summer workshop in Boisbuchet (FR)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 09.06.2010 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

Domaine de Boisbuchet, photo: Jeroen Verrecht, Boisbuchet 2009 © CIRECA

What could be a more fitting place to experiment with biodegradable materials than on an idyllic country estate in west central France? In summer 2010, the Domaine de Boisbuchet will again be providing the venue for the renowned series of architecture and design workshops.


All those who register by 27 June 2010 have the chance with Architonic to win a free ticket for the one-week workshop by Beat Karrer from 18 – 24 July 2010.

Bioplastic workshop 2009 in Domaine de Boisbuchet

Swiss designer is, for the third time, dedicating his summer workshop in Boisbuchet to a topic he has been researching for several years: bioplastics.


* What exactly are bioplastics?
* Are they natural (bio) or artificial (plastic)?
* For what kinds of products and in which fields is their application meaningful?

Last year's workshop by Beat Karrer 'Manufactured Nature', photo: Tine Kromer, Boisbuchet 2008 © CIRECA

To discover answers to these questions, the participants of the workshop will investigate a number of bioplastics: biopolymer foils, which are transparent, waterproof, and can shrink, and which can be printed on or welded. They act like a conventional plastic foil – artificial in every way. At the same time, they are also non-toxic, biodegradable, and can (theoretically) even be eaten. Therefore they don’t create waste – they are entirely natural.

In addition to exploring the material itself, participants will develop and design objects that can be produced from these biopolymer foils.

Shaped bioplastics

Shaped bioplastics, workshop 2009

Apply here


to the Beat Karrer profile @ Architonic



to the Domaine de Boisbuchet website

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