Wave around the world 

A project conceived and produced by BNP Paribas


Photos by Sandra Birke

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It all started in the 1990s in Fribourg-en-Brisgau, in south-western Germany, on a former military site, where a handful of associations were created to think about alternative energy. A few people cobbled together their own solar receptors, and very quickly the town took up the baton.

Today, Vauban counts 5,000 inhabitants whose carbon footprint borders on perfection: local production of heat, reliance on solar energy, low-consumption or even energy-positive homes (i.e. houses that produce more energy than they consume).

And everything is approached from the point of view of sharing: energy of course, but also with regards to the shared spaces and the related responsibilities. More than a philosophical ideal, it’s the start of a practical utopia – that of the city of tomorrow.

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