Camille Souleau is an architect associate of ‘LOMUS architects’, an architecture agency founded in Paris in partnership with Mélanie-Lan Doremus in 2013. Since she obtained an Architecture Degree in 2004 from INSA Strasbourg, she has continuously worked with the urban environment and aims to design a better and sustainable life for all.
In 2017, encouraged by fellow architects, she co-founded the ‘MeMO’ Association to promote women in the design fields. After they participated in the contest, “Parisculteurs” in 2016, MeMO started to focus on urban wastelands. Accordingly, in 2018, LOMUS Architects, SOLEO Service (a depollution company) and Cultures en Ville (urban farmers), joined efforts and founded the ‘Bâtifertile’ team; which aims to convert the industrial urban wastelands into multi-functional buildings by combining sustainable, responsible architecture, soil remediation, energetic performance and urban farming. The purpose of this initiative is to join all the complementary expertise from the very first stages of the project to ensure better efficiency and performance design of mutual circular economy.
MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET
Soil remediation of industrial brownfield is currently done by soil excavation, truck shipping and landfill disposal. This solution is done before construction, at a considerable financial and environmental cost. When soil remediation is too expensive, building projects are abandoned, leaving vast wasteland areas in the heart of the city where social, environmental and health hazards can develop. I believe that by using sample technological tools and urban planning with all the competencies from the beginning, it is, then, possible to allow human activity on these wastelands during the soil remediation process. Thus, soil quality and environmental conditions will improve while these wastelands transform through projects that combine sustainable architecture, transitional urbanism and urban agriculture.
Bâtifertile is a multidisciplinary design team promoting a new concept for the redevelopment of industrial wastelands. Since the early stages of the project, the proposed design services integrate three interrelated components: Responsible architecture, Soil remediation and Urban agriculture. The project proposes full design and assistance services to help achieve brownfield conversion from the very beginning of the project and up to the entire completion of the project. The multidisciplinary team will be able to help optimize the conversion process at all project stages. My goal is that architectural and multifunctional buildings can ensure a better cleaned and ecological environment as well as preserve biodiversity.