Metropolitan trails

"Metropolitan Trails are inventing the city of tomorrow. They metamorphose a metropolis by connecting all its territories and by shedding a new light on them."

THIERRY VAN DE WYNGAERT, PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH ACADEMY OF ARCHITECTURE

A New Generation of Public Space

Metropolitan Trails are a new kind of public space.

These social platforms are designed to reconnect us to our living territories, and to include inhabitants and experts to a vital conversation on post-petroleum cities.

Transport infrastructures, tourist facilities, off-wall cultural centres, open-air schools—Metropolitan Trails are an international urban innovation, born in France and Europe.

Originating from the worlds of art and planning, urban hiking has now become a social phenomenon.

Trails

Discover the trails in Bordeaux, Milan, Marseille, Istanbul, London, Tunis, Avignon, Paris, Athens, Boston…

  • Stories

    Drawing metropolitan routes leads to collect and tell stories, and share them with the inhabitants and the press.

  • Workshops

    With universities and schools, we organize workshops dealing with issues in urbanism, landscape design, ecology, art, geography, literature…
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  • Art

    With associated artists, we implement exhibition projects, performances between digital art and geography.

  • Teaching

    Our European School of Metropolitan Trails offers an online training tool (MOOC) in 6 languages.

Studies

We work with local authorities on territorial analysis—about the place of pedestrians in urban areas, enhancement of cultural and natural heritage, and territorial identities.

Awards

  • Medal for Urbanism by the French Academy of Architecture (2013)

    “Metropolitan Trails are inventing the city of tomorrow. They metamorphose a metropolis by connecting all its territories and by shedding a new light on them.”

Thierry Van de Wyngaert, President of the Academy of Architecture

  • National Geographic ‘Best New Trail’ (2014)

    “One of the lasting legacies of Marseille’s stint as European Capital of Culture in 2013 is this long-distance trail around southern Provence. The semi-urban trail takes the shape of a giant figure-of-eight—also intended to represent the symbol for infinity—and has been designed as a work of art in its own right.”

  • Haussmann Prize for the best book on Paris (2015)

    “The ‘Revolution of Paris’ is a real lesson in urban planning!”

Delphine Bürkli, president of the jury

  • Prix du Grand Paris (2018)

    “With the Prix du Grand Paris, we want to distinguish first and foremost concrete, highly visible achievements. The manufacturers of the Grand Paris (public and private) are pioneers, they are inventors, sometimes they are poets. They all point the way and make us want to follow them.”

Jacques Godron, founder of the Club des Entreprises du Grand Paris

Press

“Hikers are discovering terrain that motorists don’t even know exists.”

GEO, Katja Trippel

“This is no ordinary path: it has been devised by artists to reveal aspects of Provence that are rarely seen and less frequently appreciated. »

THE GUARDIAN, Kevin Rushby

“With a target of 100,000 visitors, the Sentier du Grand Paris is aiming for significant economic benefits.”

LES ECHOS, Lamia Barbot and Caroline d’Avout

“A disproportionate and unprecedented project: the GR2013, a 365-kilometre long-distance hiking trail.”

PARIS-MATCH, Pauline Delassus

“This trail will perhaps make it possible to build the metropolis not by speeches but by feet.”

LE MONDE, Lucie Geffroy

“The Bordeaux ‘Refuges Périurbains’ are the most unusual retreat you’ve ever seen.”

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Who we are

The Metropolitan Trails Agency is an urban planning agency that contributes to imagining the post-petroleum city.
The agency undertakes 4 main missions: to initiate or accompany trail projects; to build and share stories through publications and exhibitions; to provide the world’s metropolitan trails with a federal space and common tools; to carry out studies on the post-oil city.
The Metropolitan Trails Agency is not-for-profit organization founded in 2014.

  • Founders

Paul-Hervé Lavessière
géographer-urbanist

Baptiste Lanaspeze
publisher

  • Board

    Geoffroy Mathieu
    photograph, president

Olivier Bedu
architect, treasurer

  • Advisory Committee

    Yvan Detraz, producer, Bordeaux
    Charlie Fox, artist, London
    Julie de Muer, producer, Marseille
    Alexandre Field, architect, Marseille
    Nicolas Mémain, artist, Marseille
    Boris Sieverts, artist, Köln
    Serkan Taycan, photograph, Istanbul
    Gianluca Migliavaca, architect, Milan
    Gianni Biondillo, author, Milan
    Jordi Ballesta, geographer, Athènes
    Sylvie Amar, producer, Marseille
    Pascal Menoret, anthropologist, Boston

  • Special Advisors

    Roger Malina, Executive Editor at Leonardo Publications, MIT Press (Dallas, TX)
    Jean-François Chougnet, historian, director of the Mucem (Marseille)
    Thierry Van de Wyngaert, architect, former president of the Academy of Architecture (Paris)
    Bryan Connell, artist, curator (San Francisco, CA)
    David Mangin, urbanist, agence Seura Architectes (Paris)

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Partners

  • Projects Partners

    Bureau des Guides du GR2013 (Marseille)
    Réseau Volubilis (Avignon)
    Le Voyage Métropolitain (Paris)
    Association des Amis du Belvédère (Tunis)
    Counterproductions (Londres)
    Trekking Italia (Milan)
    Paths of Greece (Athènes)

  • Financial Partners

    Métropole du Grand Paris
    Région Sud
    Musée des civilisation d’Europe et de la Méditerranée (Mucem)
    Institut français de Tunis
    Ville de Paris
    Société du Grand Paris
    Région Ile-de-France

  • Other Partners

    Pavillon de l’Arsenal
    Agence parsienne d’Urbanisme (APUR)
    Institut Paris Région
    FNAIM
    SciencesPo Paris

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