Magazine n°12 - (Re)construction


Ever since Covid-19 crashed the party, it's hard to go a day without thinking about "the world after..." In this twelfth print issue, les others have decided to (re)build. Let's look at this crisis as an opportunity.

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LES OTHERS VOL.XII MAGAZINE - (Re)construction. More than just an online or print publication, Les Others is first and foremost a community. A community of adventure, fresh air and nature lovers.


Some themes are self-evident. Ever since Covid-19 crashed the party, it's hard to go a day without thinking about "the world after..." A common expression loaded with an existential question: the world after what? The French government's decision to implement a second lockdown has just put an end to the debate; this pandemic is more than a brief interlude. We're going to need to learn to live with it until time and science find a solution. To learn to detach ourselves from the "after", and consider the "now".

So now what? Let's look at this crisis as an opportunity. As an opening though which to reach out. By breaking a continuum, it woke us up, jolted us into action. Perhaps even sent us heading in a new direction? Every cloud has a silver lining, right? Author and researcher Sandrine Roudaut recently asserted that now is the perfect time to "build the boat of tomorrow and make holes il the hull of today's."

In our twelfth print issue, we too have decided to (re)build. Following in the footsteps of the Whole Earth Catalog, an independent publication of millions of people in the 1970s by expanding their access to tools (page 31), we wanted to be pragmatic in how we did so. The solutions to the greatest challenges of time may already be at our fingers and their millions of nerve endings are turning into the launch pad for a more rational world.

Faced with "technological solutionism", which consists of solving every human problem (be it political, social or societal) with digital technologies, we explored Lo-TEK solutions, the ancient and artisanal know-how better adapted to local ecosystems (page 64). In California, we learned that an obstacle in one's path can lead to small revolutions from Bob Simmons, the inventor of modern surfing (page 212). Halfway around the world, on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, we saw that building one's own van out of recycled materials in order to find fresh powder snow appears to be as gratifying as the trip itself (page 192). Each of these stories left us itching to roll up our sleeves, innovate, tinker, repair and build...

To top it all off, one of the keys to happiness may just be found within the various stages of this building process.The makers we met along the way -from designer Nicole McLaughlin and her experiments with clothing (page 39), to Kai Lin and Craig Demartino , who joined forces to build a prosthetic limb for disabled rock climbers (page 241)-all seemed motivated by a common goal:declaring their right to enjoy themselves, while reconnecting with their bodies and a sense of simplicity...Values we sought to share by creating a magazine with its craftsmanships laid bare , rooted in the words of American special effects designer Adam Savage : "Humans do two things that make us unique from any other animals.We use tools and we telle stories .And when you make something,you're doing both at one ". 

  • Travel journal, photographic series, essays, interviews, …
  • Bilingual magazine (French + English text at the end of the magazine )

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MatériauxRecycled paper
Dimensions23 X 16,5 X 2 cm
Contenance304 pages - bilingual (French and English)
ProvenancePrinted in France
IngrédientsTravel journal, photographic series, interviews, illustrated recipes
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