Metropolitan Trails Academy


The main actors involved in the development of Metropolitan Trails in France and Europe have come together to offer the public a unique series of training sessions.
These conferences and workshops are open to all, professionals and amateurs alike:
  • You are an architect, landscape designer, urban planner and you want to improve your relationship with fieldwork and other associated disciplines...
  • You are a hiker and interested in architecture and urban planning...
  • You work in the field of education (adults and/or children) and would like to develop the fieldwork dimension with your students...
  • You are in love with your city and would like to set up a metropolitan trail project there...

Two possible formats:
  • Walking conferences (free): a group day outdoors in one of the 5 cities to explore one of the 5 lessons 
  • Professional workshops (for a fee): a day in a small group to go more in depth, to meet with local actors
Lesson 1 • How to map out a trail?
February 6-8, 2020
In the footsteps of Jordi Ballesta, author of the "Attiko Monopati" trail (Metropolitan Trail of Greater Athens), and Boris Sieverts (a walking artist of the Greater Cologne area), who will share with you their tools, methods and visions of their art of drawing metropolitan trails.
Lesson 2 • How to produce a trail?
February 28-29, 2020
On the Greater Paris Metropolitan Trail with Paul-Hervé Lavessière and Baptiste Lanaspèze + the Bureau des Guides du GR2013, two days on the project conception, the partnerships strategy and tips and tricks to make your project last, whether you are an artist, an employee of a local government or a collective.
• REGISTRATION for the walking conference
• REGISTRATION for the workshop (at the "Institut Paris Région", to be confirmed)
Lesson 3 • How to tell the story of a metropolis?
March 20-21, 2020
On the "Sentieri Metropolitani" in Milan with Gianluca Migliavacca (architect), Gianni Biondillo (writer) and Carmelo Vanadia (guide) + the Bureau des Guides du GR2013, we will see how walking a trail leads to the formulation of new metropolitan narratives.
Lesson 4 • How to become a guide?
April 25-26, 2020
In the footsteps of Boris Sieverts, who has been leading urban treks in the industrial outskirts of Cologne since 1998, and Nicolas Mémain, walking artist (urban planning medal for the creation of the GR2013), a unique masterclass between railways, former mining sites and an industrial port, on the how to become a professional metropolitan guide.
Lesson 5 • How to build a community?
May 15-18, 2020
The trail is first and foremost a link between the neighbourhoods, visitors and residents of the city.
How can we ensure that the construction of the trail is an adventure shared by communities? Between the conference and the workshop, students will be invited to a one-day special event around the étang de Berre.
 May 14, 2020
This conference will bring together the entire team of the Metropolitan Trails Academy to present to the public the results and perspectives of this outdoors university, which invites us to re-inhabit our cities.
The Metropolitan Trails Academy is a project coordinated by Sentiers Métropolitains/Metropolitan Trails, with PathsOfGreece, Trekking Italia, Urbanegestalt, Mucem and the Bureau des Guides du GR2013.
Associated partners: Bruit du Frigo collective, the French Institute, Counterproductions, Metropolitan Travel, Region SUD Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur, Haus der Architektur Köln, Greenevolution and the Paris Region Institute.

This project is co-financed by the European Union's Erasmus+ agency as part of an innovation program in adult education.
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