The Low-tech Lab's investigations, think and explore the low-tech approach at an organizational, social and collective scale / 2020 - 2022


Exploration area: France
Period: October 2020 - June 2022
Led by: Quentin Mateus

Since 2015, the Low-tech Lab has been documenting and disseminating low-tech through explorations and experiments: from Nomade des Mers to Low-tech Habitat via the Low-tech Tour France or Low-tech for Refugees, more than 50 low-tech step-by-step tutorials are available on an open-source platform to allow everyone to have access to this knowledge.

At the individual level, this approach centered on technique and the “do it yourself” philosophy is an answer but it has its limits in terms of accessibility and dissemination.

To support “professionalization” and identify the challenges of a coherent wider implementation of low-tech at the collective level, the Low-tech Lab is going to meet the first professional players in what we can call the large low-tech field: a series of field investigations and surveys with French, but also Belgian and Hungarian initiatives, which embody and locally disseminate a low-tech approach.

The objective of this series of meetings is to understand, document and share widely the socio-economical models, the experiences and feedbacks, the impact, and the convictions that carry them on a daily basis, in order to allow these inspiring organizations to feed the culture and soul of the low-tech movement, to inspire and spread widely.


More than 10 field-investigations and encounters - 9 videos, a dozen podcasts - 10 study cases - a final synthesis and report on the social, economical and organizational models of low-tech

This project is carried out in close collaboration with Design Commun, Territoires en Commun, Ethnobotanica, Goodwill Management et Kerlotec, Origens Medialab, Oseons, Le Relais, Oxamyne, Ouishare and many other voluntary thinking partners. Thanks to them !


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