September 26 > 28, 2014
Parc des coteaux
Discover an unexplored area of the Parc des Coteaux (“Hillside Park ») !
The Parc des Coteaux, a long meander of nature once forgotten, has in just a few years become a wonderful place to escape to in the heart of the city. Although it is now easy to hike through it, there are breaks in the terrain that make it impossible to cross its length. Most of them are at the boundaries of the town or in the communication infrastructure. Crossings have yet to be opened to ensure the continuity and cohesion of this vast territory.
3 guides-passers will lead you in one of these passages to be invented and will make you cross a still wild and unexplored area of the Parc des Coteaux.
At the invitation of the artist Anne-Laure Boyer in the framework of her project Jardins secrets (“Secret Gardens”), for the panOramas biennial.
Collective creation with Anne-Laure Boyer, Suzanne Husky, Guillaume Hillairet and Yvan Detraz / Bruit du frigo
An offbeat map of the Parc des Coteaux, divided into 4 walks.
For a year, 4 artists have surveyed the immense Parc des Coteaux on the Right Bank, in search of an unexplored imaginary world : secret passageways, barely cleared green areas, ghost orchards, buried bunkers and other hidden huts…
All these discoveries led to the creation of another cartography of the Parc des Coteaux, based on the stories and customs of several inhabitants encountered along the way. Multimedia gardeners, virtuoso street artists, child explorers, history and botany experts, bird breeders and cemetery keepers, all contributed to the creation of this singular cartography.
An extraordinary journey
into the ordinariness of our contemporary cities
A dive into the urban interstices
The Suburban Walks are exploratory walks through the outskirts of the cities. They cross and connect hybrid and fragmented landscapes, composed of housing estates, social housing complexes, old towns, expressways, industrial and commercial areas, car parks and electricity pylons, but also unexpected parks and gardens, forgotten forests, old paths and especially uncountable abandoned spaces where wild nature develops, out of sight. This diffuse and involuntary nature represents a tremendous potential for escape and resourcing, a kind of exoticism of proximity.
The suburbs, a land of adventure and exploration
The suburban area has developed to respond effectively to our modern needs for housing, travel, consumption and production.
The resulting chaotic urbanism is often considered useful but uninteresting, and above all devoid of the qualities that make up the city and the pleasures it provides.
However, the urban outskirts have richness to reveal, resources that could change our viewpoint and practices, and build a sense of suburbanity : a huge territory, a great diversity of landscapes, an unsuspected architectural heritage…
Could we not, from this point of view, consider the suburban area as a land of adventure and exploration, like the great natural spaces ? And imagine hiking in the outskirts as we do in the mountains or in the countryside ?
The suburbs offer a new hiking experience. The hybrid and eclectic nature of the territories crossed, where places, atmospheres and sounds follow one another like a continuous zapping, constantly stimulates our senses and gives the walk a new dynamic.
The origin of the project
In 1999, Yvan Detraz, then an architecture student and co-founder of Bruit du frigo, led a 3-month, 1000 km walking expedition through the Bordeaux suburbs to map neglected spaces and paths. Before Google map and with the help of a simple geographical map, this mission sought to reveal the potential for escape from the Bordeaux suburbs and to develop a walking culture. (see “Zone sweet zone”).
It is from this founding experience that the concepts of the Suburban Walk and the Suburban Refuge were born.
If in 1999, nobody imagined hiking in the middle of the housing estates or along the ring road, today more and more curious people want to discover their city differently by venturing off the beaten track.
The collective suburban walks that we organise around Bordeaux bring together a large and eclectic public : families, students, walking clubs, seniors… The Suburban Shelters, which offer a unique immersive experience, are also very successful.
It is to respond to this search for exoticism of proximity and to share our knowledge of the territory and its hidden treasures that we have created the Common Land Trail.
The Metropolitan Trails Network
The Common Lands Trail of Bordeaux is a member of the Metropolitan Trails Network, created in 2017 in Marseille, on the occasion of the exhibition about the Metropolitan Trails organized at the Mucem Museum (as part of the permanent exhibition “Connectivities”).
This national network (Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux, Avignon) was created as a continuation of the international Metropolitan Trails network (Milan, London, Cologne, Istanbul, New York…) initiated and piloted by Baptiste Lanaspeze (editor – Editions Wildproject) and Paul-Hervé Lavessière (Geographer).
The first National Assises of the Metropolitan Trails were organised on 8 November 2018 at the Mucem in Marseille.
” The Metropolitan Trails are public spaces of a new kind. Transport infrastructures, tourist facilities, off-wall cultural centres, citizen platforms, training areas… they allow us to rediscover our living spaces and to foster the emergence of a common culture.
Urban hiking is a social phenomenon, a deep-rooted movement. Coming from the worlds of art and planning, it now interests a large public.
Metropolitan trails are an international innovation, born in France. »
Extract from the website : National Network of Metropolitan Trails
Common lands trail & Art of metropolitan trails
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Lormont > Ambares-et-Lagrave
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Floirac > Bassens
Walk around the Shelters #6
Lormont > Saint-Vincent-de-Paul
Walk around the Shelters #5
Pessac > Floirac
Walk around the Shelters #4
Martignas-sur-Jalle > Bordeaux
Walk around the Shelters #3
Around the CUB, left bank
Walk around the Shelters #2
Ambes > Lormont
Walk around the Shelters #1
Gradignan > Bègles
The crossing of the hillsides of Bordeaux
Floirac > Bassens
The Tour of Bordeaux
Bordeaux periphery, left bank
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At the crossroads of art, territories and populations, our approach aims to promote the transition to sustainable, shared and welcoming cities, by proposing alternative ways of imagining and building our living environment and by exploring new forms of public space.