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Opening 25th of June

June 13, 2016 10:01 am Published by Comments Off on Opening 25th of June

Join us on the 25th of June in Amiens for the opening of the festival ‘Art, cities & landscape – Hortillonnages Amiens’! There you will have the chance to visit Miracle Mountain among 40 unique landscape installations, and even experience a performance by Collective Disaster (19:00-20:00).  Looking forward to see you there! Details: île aux fagôts: 6.30 pm – Official opening 7 pm – meal for everybody, under shelter , price €12 booking required at Maison de la Culture before the 22th June / 00 33 (0)3 22 97 79 77   Miracle Mountain is on île aux fagôts and you can reach it by foot, but many of the installations require you to book a boat: 00 33 (0)6 78 53 55 92  

A miracle being born

May 15, 2016 4:13 pm Published by Comments Off on A miracle being born

Collective Disaster just spend two weeks in Amiens, for the creation of Miracle Mountain. We had all the help we wished for the passed days. We carried 40 m3 of wood chips, from the mainland of the bridge to the plot, and then from the plot inside the biomeiler. All of it, shovel by shovel! All our gratitude goes to Guillaume Montis, Nathalie Vallee, Aline and Vincent of Maison de la Culture of Amiens for the incredible organisation and attendance during the biomeiler workshop. Nothing was possible without the tireless help, energy, smiles and constructive solutions: Mascha Fehse, Sébastien Tripod, Muriel Claeys, Jorg De Vriese, Serena Taglia la Tela, Simon Vermoere and last but not the least Robin Weber. Tessa Zettel, we would like to thank for the great pictures she took during the building process. Special thanks goes to Bart Grandry for the help with engineering the system and the Vermoere – De Wilde... View Article

Collective Architecture in Sleek Magazine

April 15, 2016 7:04 pm Published by Comments Off on Collective Architecture in Sleek Magazine

What is the new architectural vision represented by young collectives? Collective Disaster gave an interview about it in SLEEK magazine, together with ELEMENTAL, Assemble and Something Fantastic. You can read our full interview here: How did Collective Disaster form? What was the attraction of collective approach? The collective started somehow very organic. We are all friends, or friends of friends, we have moved cities, expanded our circles, stayed in touch or lost contact. We wanted to be able to develop our friendships, discussions and mutual interests across borders. In a way we were already doing projects before we had a name, even if they were just organizing a party or a BBQ. The decision to do projects under a common name was a way to make that official, a promise to keep doing things together even though we live in different cities. Collective Disaster started as a network of friends, were... View Article

Miracle Mountain Residency and Biomeiler workshop

April 15, 2016 11:37 am Published by Comments Off on Miracle Mountain Residency and Biomeiler workshop

Learn how to harness the natural heat of compost, come to Amiens! We will built a compost-based bioenergy system ala Jean Pain. The workshop will be lead by expert Arie Van Ziel  ( and it is free of charge. It will take place on May 7-8 in the Hortilonagge of Amiens, starting 9.00. Moreover, Collective Disaster is going to be on a Residency in Amiens from 1-15 of May and you all have an open invitation to join us on this mission to realise a Miracle Mountain. So far, the extended family includes Tessa Zettel and Robin Weber. Miracle Mountain is part of the yearly festival in Les Hortillonnages of Amiens. Jean Pain Biomeiler  

Spring cleaning

April 11, 2016 5:23 pm Published by Comments Off on Spring cleaning

So, last week we visited Amiens in order to prepare the site for installing Miracle Mountain. Despite the slight rain showers, the sky was mostly blue, some people were taking a tour on a boat, Guillame with his chainsaw took down some trees, we collected the prunings for the compost heap, cleaned up some bushes, while Andrea was camouflaged like an Ivy. Places with a lot of water are just so calming. Thanks to Andrea’s negotiation skills, it also seems we will get a good deal to construct the hot spring out of some nice metal material.  We are all so looking forward to come back next month! ps: Just outside Brussels airport there was an advertisement depicting a teddy bear with a missing eye. How ironic!