💬 General #
What is “low-tech”?
Good question ! You will find the definition for “low-tech” and several resources on this page
What is the goal of Low-tech Lab?
Low-tech Lab’s mission is to share solutions and the spirit of low-tech with as many people as possible. Allowing everyone to live better with less. You can find more information about the association on this page.
How can I get involved with the Low-tech Lab ?
- By joining or creating a local community near to where you live.
- By researching and learning about low-tech systems on the tutorial platform.
- By helping to translate our content. To do that, you can email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can reference the low-tech initiatives in the directory by using this form
- You could organise a screening near to where you live. A list of films and series which link to low-tech can be found in our database of documentaries.
- Financially, you could become a patron or donate using our HelloAsso.
How do I apply to work for the Low-tech Lab?
You will find all the job offers (civil service, internships and paid work) on our social media accounts. If you would like to send us a direct application, you can use this email address: email@example.com, we would be happy to receive new applications and will contact you when a new vacancy appears.
What can I do to find a job in the low-tech sector?
The professional world of low-tech grows and develops a little every year. This is great news because we need new craftspeople and organisations who are involved with low-tech solutions (self-construction, training, local and affordable fabrics, re-employment, free documentation, user-based design, collaborative research, etc.).
Firstly, we would like to invite you to check out the project “the Low-tech Lab Investigations” which highlights various models of organisation based on the low-tech approach. After that, why not look at the directory to find some initiatives and also look over the job opportunities there. Finally, we also try to share offers (jobs, internships and civil service positions) on our social media platforms.
How can I volunteer at the Low-tech Lab?
Thank you for asking, we are happy to welcome new people into our community ! You can begin by looking for a community close to you and get in contact with any groups you find. If a group does not exist already, why not create one? Everything you need to know about creating one is in this tutorial.
What is open source?
The term comes from the software sector where open source refers to a source code which is freely available. Today, the term can equally refer to objects, productions, research and designs that are available to everyone. Allowing the public to make, modify, distribute and use the product in question. Some open-source licenses protect and limit these activities (for example: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike, GNU General Public License, CERN Open Hardware License, TAPR Open Hardware License).
Where can I find more information on the “eco-design” of your website?
All this information can be found in the article titled “Making a low-tech site?”
To design our low-tech website, we worked with Sylvain Julé and Derek from Pikselkraft on the website design and with Les Raisonnées on our communication strategy. We developed the idea of a low-tech website with Gauthier Roussilhe.
Is it possible to visit your workshops in Concarneau?
We receive a lot of requests to visit our workshops and it is complicated to see everyone at once. Also, our base in Concarneau consists mainly of offices.
However, surely many low-tech organisations exist near you. So, reach out to them about workshops too. You can find them in the Directory.
I’d like to visit the low-tech tiny house, is that possible?
Here is schedule for independent visits to the tiny house Konk Ar Lab, 2 rue des Charmes in Concarneau:
Wednesdays 2 pm until 7 pm,
Thursdays 5 pm until 7 pm
Saturdays 10 am until 12 pm
Please respect these opening times, we are trying very hard to keep this project accessible to all.
In the Low-tech Habitat, each technical system is presented but while waiting to visit us, we invite you to rediscover through images a year in the life of this prototype house of the future: En quête d’un habitat durable and related construction tutorials. To find more detailed information, we would encourage you to read the report of the experimentation.
I’d like to live in a tiny house like the one in your videos.
We advise you to contact a tiny house manufacturer directly. In terms of our tiny house, we worked with “Atelier Bois” who operate in Langolen. They are using more and more low-tech in their constructions.
In addition, there is a report detailing the scientific process, feelings and conclusions related to this experiment. All tutorials related to the systems used are available on our tutorial platform.
🛠️ Technical #
I would like to train technically in low-tech. Do you offer training?
Our association does not directly offer technical training on low-tech systems.
Do you sell low-tech systems?
No, our association does not sell low-tech systems. The low-tech approach defends the idea of appropriate technology and aims to encourage people to celebrate the liberty of knowledge. The Directory lists professionals who offers support for self-construction and artisanal design. However, you will also find several participants offering self-designed products, for domestic or professional use.
Do you offer audit or low-tech installation services?
We do not offer audit services. To find a professional near you, you can use our
I have a technical problem on a tutorial, can I contact you?
We are unfortunately too small of a team to answer all your questions. However, you can ask the question in the “Comments” part of the tutorial. You can also ask your questions in the Low-tech Lab France Facebook group. Perhaps our community of enthusiasts can help to answer your question
How can I share some of my creations?
Our collaborative tutorial platform allows everyone to share their creations in connection with low-tech (see our definition and examples of low-tech on the platform). The “How-to of how-tos” will show you how to add a new tutorial.
If you used our platform tutorials to build a system, please use the “I did it” button and use the “Comments” section to share any changes you have made. These opportunities to share your work are very valuable to the community.
👩🏫 Education - Research #
I want to direct my studies towards low-tech, which schools currently offer training on this subject within their courses?
Currently, several French graduate schools offer modules integrating low-tech, such as INP Grenoble, Centrale Nantes, Centrale Lille, Mines Saint-Etienne, ESME Bordeaux, UTC Compigniène, Strate Design Lyon, INSA Lyon, ENIB Brest.
Please let us know if you are aware of similar modules in other countries.
I’m currently conductiong a project / a study, could I ask you a few questions?
We receive a lot of requests from our small team, and we often have a hard time responding to everyone. Depending on your request, we would encourage you to :
I am a teacher, and I would like to address the topic of low-tech in my classes. Where should I start?
If you work in graduate education, we invite you to join the LowTRE (Low-tech, Research and Teaching) forum, you can introduce yourself and explore the discussions and resources available on this platform.
I am a researcher, and I would like to work on the theme of low-tech. Where should I start?
We invite you to join the LowTRE(Low-tech, Recherche et enseignement) forum, where you can introduce yourself and explore the discussions and resources available on this platform.
Do you offer talks or seminars in schools?
Unfortunately, no, we receive a lot of requests from our small team, and this makes it hard to visit and respond to everyone. Do not hesitate to contact the members of a Local Community or a low-tech initiative near you by using the Directory.