Merzouk Sider is an economist, activist and eco-builder based in the Bouriane region in southwest France. Having vast experience in the IT field, he is a former teacher of 3D industrial design which he later applied to building with natural materials. Merzouk is also a member of Initiative Chanvre, an international effort to develop and promote low-cost business models and tools applicable to the industrial hemp industries.
HempToday: Tell us about the path that got you into natural building.
Merzouk Sider: In the early ’80s I set up a company that worked in IT, both on software and hardware. My clients were professionals looking for a wide range of solutions for technical drawings — scanners, etc. Later I realized the lifespan of these solutions was about six years — and we were basically creating things that from the beginning were planned to be obsolete — falling into the broader global monomaniacal pattern.