Second left after the dragonfly: who lives in your neighbourhood?

POC Biodimètre

Second left after the dragonfly: who lives in your neighbourhood?

Whether it is ordinary or extraordinary, biodiversity today is hardly known to the citizens, walkers and other visitors of the neighbourhood Rives de la Haute-Deûle.

Measuring biodiversity to raise awareness about the neighbourhood

How could citizens be made aware of the neighbourhood ‘s biodiversity by involving them in the collection of information? What tools could be used to involve the inhabitants of the banks of the Haute Deûle in this participatory project? 

The aim is to collect quantitative and qualitative data through sensors and citizen involvement: low-tech sensors for scientific purposes, mobile sensors for citizen and participatory sensory experiences, transcription into artistic works, etc… 

While the design work carried out by Biodimètre‘s designers has a real scientific and pedagogical purpose for the site’s users and citizens in general, Biodimètreremains a tool for communication and citizen participation around the eco-neighbourhood of Rives de la Haute Deûle, developed by SORELI. It is for this reason that the project is carried by both INRIA and SORELI. Biodiversity, approached from the angle of collected data, might be able to build participation and consultation mechanisms in the eco-neighbourhood. The designers’ participation will try to make the measured data sensitive and perceptible in order to draw the attention of citizens to their immediate and lived environment.  

Citizen and collectors

The co-construction of Biodimètre takes place in two phases: a prefiguration phase with the installation of sensors, the collection of scientific data and their analysis, and a phase turned towards citizen participation with the involvement of citizens and the realisation of design workshops.

The project “Biodimètre” creates a collaborative approach that makes it possible to involve institutional partners, designers and citizens, by collecting data that is in line with current environmentalissues and that increasingly mobilises populations and communities. 


  • Porteurs de projet/Project holders : INRIA, SORELI
  • Designers : Christophe Guérin, Natalia Baudoin, Florent Caron
  • Crédit photo/Photo credit : NRIA, SORELI