Campus MaNa is a professional training center for creators,
in Burgundy on 40 hectares of nature

with Ruedi Baur
June 17 > 21, 2024

The Program

Learning objectives

Ruedi Baur leads this training based on the School of Non-Knowledge. His focus is to reinvent for better design through the use of terracotta, drawing on examples of case studies from around the world.

At the end of the training, the participant will have assimilated:

  • Experienced with tools and skills to generate new ceramic creations
  • Developed a sensitivity to urban projects using terracotta
  • Formulated an individual or collective project, considering technical, economic, societal, and environmental constraints
  • Presented projects, prototypes, and referenced design portfolios

Content of the program

The training will follow the approach of the «Scuola del non-sapere» (see, which involves placing what we don’t know at the center of our reflections and projects rather than our certainties.

We must be willing to unlearn to better address the question of the presence of terracotta in the city of tomorrow.

Starting from the needs of our anthropocene planet, considering ecological, social, participatory, and cultural aspects, we need to rethink our coexistence in urban space. We will use a material and ancestral techniques from world cultures as a conceptual tool to think about this future.

We will reconsider habits to confront real needs. We will draw, project, question, and prototype for another world, going from detail to utopia, from the porcelain spoon to the clay city.

Several case studies in various cities worldwide will help us ask the right questions and develop a project that makes sense.


with Ruedi Baur

Ruedi BAUR

Designer, teacher, researcher, citizen of a “World to change”.

Since the 1980s, Ruedi Baur has considered his activity as a designer in the context of a civic space to be transformed. Initially working as a graphic designer for numerous cultural institutions, since the 1990s he has organized transdisciplinary teaching based on critical research into design culture nourished by the practical experiences developed in his workshops.

Claiming interdisciplinary design very early on, he created the Intégral network in 1989 and directed the workshops until 2023: Intégral Ruedi Baur, Paris, Zurich and Berlin, then Intégral designers. In 2004 he created and directed the Design2context institute with sociologist Vera Baur at the ZHdK in Zurich, then in 2011 the Institute for Critical Design Research Civic-City; in 2018, the young 10-billion-human university company.

His Bibliography allows you to follow his career, notably with books such as “Architecture-graphisme” (1998), “Des-Orientation1 et 2” (2008-09) “Signs for Peace, an impossible visual Encyclopedia” (2012), “Facing the territorial brand” (2013), “A World to change” (2017) “And suddenly the world was immobilized” (2020) …

Vera Baur

Sociologist and Anthropologist, President of Civic City

Youssef Ait Brahim

Ceramic craftsman

Specialist in Moroccan ceramics

Passionate about Moroccan craftsmanship since an early age, Youssef AIT BRAHIM, a 45-year-old Franco-Moroccan, graduated with a DESS in International Project Management from Paris XII University.

He started his professional career as an export development consultant for around fifteen years before moving into the construction industry where he worked for 10 years as a site manager and business manager for two SMEs. interior renovation and structural masonry work.

In 2017, he co-founded the company Maison Zellige with the aim of importing and distributing zelliges, Moroccan artisanal ceramics (business which he sold in 2022).

Today and since 2019 he has managed an interior renovation and decoration company, Pigment Naturel Decoration, specializing in the application of Moroccan craftsmanship.


  • Conferences, debates
  • Individual and collective design work
  • Workshop work and introduction to Moroccan ceramic techniques
  • Workshops equipped with professional machines, classrooms, multipurpose room
  • Technical acquisition including an introduction to the operation of the tools, an introduction to their maintenance and their safe use
  • Supply of materials
  • Educational distribution: 50% practical, 50% theoretical contributions
  • Active participation and experimentation of participants are favored

Evaluation follow-up and modalities

Teaching in 4 phases:

1 - awareness and objective definition phase,

2 - pre-design phase nourished by exercises and technical information,

3 - design and exchange phase with project partners, prototyping

4 - rendering phase

  • Design file (frame provided)
  • Individual and group interviews
  • Collective restitution: experience report at the end of the training (precision and clarity of the oral presentation)
  • Payroll sheet per half day
  • Certificate of completion issued by Campus MaNa

Duration and method of organization:

Target audience:
Creative professional
Cover letter (1500 characters maximum including spaces) and sending of a portfolio
June 17 > 21, 2024
5 days
9h-13h / 14h-18h
at Campus Mana
Group size:
Language(s) :
€2400 excluding tax
This rate includes the cost of the training, accommodation with full board, materials, and personal protective equipment.

Planning :

Soon available

Location :

Campus MaNa Domaine du Croisil, Le Croisil, 89350 Champignelles France

Accessibility :

For any disability situation, please contact us to consider the feasibility

Access period :

Up to 14 days before the start of the training and depending on the remaining places
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