Books

In partnership with the éditions Wildproject, Metropolitan Trails are developing a wide range of works ranging from guidebooks to art books and travel narratives.

GR2013 Guidebook Walking-Artists

Discover the GR®2013, a new kind of hiking trail.

The Étoile mountain range and the inland sea of Berre are two unbuilt spaces around which cities, roads and rails wrap. In the centre, the wild and metropolitan Arbois plateau.

The countryside of Aix, Aubagne and Salon; town centres and housing estates; the foothills of Marseille; the Gulf of Fos; the mining valley of Gardanne; the Nerthe and La Fare ranges… Many worlds and countries make up the Provencal metropolis; many landscapes and stories. The GR2013 offers a great adventure along the 365 kilometres of this journey, in the footsteps of the walking-artists who inspired this project.

A path for everyone: for locals and tourists, for families and sportsmen, for artists and hikers… A one-hour escapade or a 20-day trip, in order to renew the relationship between city and nature.

An official TopoGuide® of the French Hiking Federation freely interpreted by the walking-artists of the trail

How to get lost on a marked trail The Tourist Agency

How to get lost on a marked trail is a walking log.

It reads like a travel guide and a holiday book. The Tourist Agency gives us the keys to get lost on a marked trail. It provides us with new tools for a tourism of the senses, of interpretations and invented stories. It invites us to become an altertourist, in practice, in the middle of vast landscapes.
The original plates of this book have been entirely made in trichromy, with pomegranate bark (yellow-green), red cabbage (blue-violet), and mercurochrome.


The Tourist agency is an artistic walking collective that offers tourist and sensory innovations.

Designer and dancer, Mathias Poisson is an artist whose work of drawing, sensitive mapping and performance is centered around the exploration of territories through walking. He founded with Virginie Thomas the Tourist Agency. Mathias Poisson has exhibited in Beirut, Canada, in Toulouse, and made the first exhibition of MUCEM outside the walls in Marseille in 2011.


Artist’s book
entirely handmade
trichromy printing
14 x 17 cm, 56 p.
10 €
ISBN: 978-2-918-490-241

Worn-out Landscapes Bertrand Stofleth et Geoffroy Mathieu

A photographic series of 100 points of view taken from the GR2013 metropolitan trail, before its opening to the public.

These images, which document the landscapes seen from the trail and the trail itself, explore the variety of relationships between city and nature in the Marseille-Provence metropolis. These points of view constitute the year zero of the GR®2013 Photographic Observatory. They will be renewed once a year for 10 years.

A portrait of the Bouches-du-Rhône through 38 communes.

A work supported by the Centre national des arts plastiques (CNAP) and Marseille-Provence 2013.


Bertrand Stofleth and Geoffroy Mathieu have been working together since 2005 on photographic projects that document territories by revisiting the protocol of the Landscape Photographic Observatory in different forms. They presented, among others, the project: La Dynamique des paysages, étapes de l’Observatoire Photographique du Paysage du Parc Naturel Régional des Monts d’Ardèche at the Rencontres d’Arles 2012.


100 postcards 10 x 15 cm in a cardboard box

  • a map of the Bouches-du-Rhône and a text-manifesto
    Limited edition (250 numbered copies)
    40 €

The Revolution of Paris Paul-Hervé Lavessière

Two friends went to visit their capital on foot.

They didn’t go to the Eiffel Tower or the Musée du Louvre. In a 6-day walk designed by the author, they reached Saint-Denis, Créteil and Versailles through 37 communes and 4 departments (92, 93, 94, 78).

Along the terminus of the Parisian metro and other RER stations, this journey into the heart of Greater Paris sketches a new geography and proposes a new way of living the capital.


“I highly recommend this travel journal to our listeners.”

Philippe Meyer, France Culture

“A real lesson in urban planning.”

Delphine Bürkli, Mayor of the 9th district, President of the Haussmann Prize 2015

“What makes this story attractive is Lavessière’s absolutely unprejudiced and totally benevolent view of the landscape and the people. A real journey.”

Sibylle Vincendon, Liberation

“A book to slip into your backpack!”

Muriel Fauriat, Pilgrim


Paul-Hervé Lavessière, urban planner-geographer born in 1987 in Charente, is the co-founder of the Agence des Sentiers Métropolitains. He designed the 130 km of the itinerary of the Paris Revolution.


192 p., 20 euros
Release February 2014

Planet Banlieue Lanaspeze & Lavessière

Genesis and behind the scenes of the “Metropolitan Paths”, urban and poetic infrastructures

“… while we wait for the city of the 22nd century, there is nothing to do but walk, and nowhere else to do so but in the folds of our megalopolises, where the Earth comes everywhere to forgive us and, in the cracks of abandoned roads, to offer us the redemption of its little aromatic plants. »

A 5-year walking conversation between a publisher and an urban planner, featuring e-mails, Facebook posts, Google Earth maps, movie screenshots and clips, poems, wordcapes, manifestos, tributes, logbooks, a fragment of a new gospel and a draft of a speech by the UN president in 2040.

This work was produced as part of the “Metropolitan Pathways” showcase produced for the Connectivity (2017-2020) exhibition at the Mucem.


Sentiers Métropolitains is a structure created in 2014 by Baptiste Lanaspeze (publisher, founder of Wildproject editions) and Paul-Hervé Lavessière (geographer-urban planner), which aims to develop hiking routes in the world’s metropolises.
Les Sentiers Métropolitains was awarded the 2013 Urban Planning Medal by the Academy of Architecture.


Limited edition (100 copies)
Published in May 2018
15 euros
232 pages - 12 x 19 cm

Exclusively on sale at the Mucem bookstore.

Suburban Shelters Le Bruit du Frigo

To better understand our metropolises, we need to survey their paths, interstices and edges. Explore, on foot, these little-known areas. Make a stop. Spend the night.

To improve our understanding of our cities, we have to venture out onto their pathways, into their hidden areas and their borders. Explore these unknown areas on foot. Stop. Spend the night.

This book explores a unique project: the creation of 11 Suburban Shelters in the Bordeaux area; 11 artistic sites from which to observe a constantly moving metropolis, all of them connected together by a network of paths and back roads.

11 works of architecture that relate to their environment, that invite the walker, the resident, the visitor to take a fresh look at the suburbs. To rediscover, step by step, the great outdoors that is on the city’s doorstep, taking a contemporary and innovative stroll off the beaten track.


Text

Sébastien Gazeau, journalist
Mathieu Zimmer, urban planner
Pierre Mahey, producer
André Lortie, town planner
Sylvain Maestraggi, traveller
Frédéric Latherrade, producer
Candice Pétrillo, artist
Yvan Detraz, architect

Photographs

Maitetxu Etcheverria
Fridge Noise, Zebra3/BuySellf

The peri-urban shelters are a co-production of Bruit du Frigo and Zebra3/BuySellf for Bordeaux Métropole.


Coffee table book, 20 x 26 cm
240 p., 20€
ISBN 978-2-918-490-753

Released March 8, 2019