Hidden by the farms and forest between three villages in the center of France, is Ardheia, a small community of artists and engineers. The young adults who live here use a collectively owned plot of land to experiment with eco-friendly design constructions while sharing in the social aspects of everyday life: working, raising children, and eating meals together. In a time when modern development is marked by rapid rural to urban migration, their countryside laboratory may seem like a backwards evolution. As part of the green movement, Ardheia is a training ground for these professional carpenters and engineers to work through ideas for new buildings that incorporate sustainable resources and energy. By studying how houses were made centuries ago, they are working to adapt modern developments into older historical models of construction. Ardheia embodies an idealistic approach to the future of architecture, experimenting with how people might live and interact as the world becomes more defined by the connectedness of technology. I hope to find the rhythms that affect a person's everyday life through the observation of these places.
The friends and members of Associacion Ardheia
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Ashley Valmere Fischer
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Ashley is a professional photographer with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography and Imaging from New York University. Her background includes exhibitions in New York City galleries, and was represented by Nelson Macker Fine Art as an emerging artist. Ashley has lived and worked on projects in Latin America and in Europe, and is fluent in Spanish.